I can't think of a more perfect way to use fresh strawberries than in a refreshing cocktail. I will tell you that the fruit used in this cocktail should be as ripe and as fresh as possible to produce the most flavor. A dash of simple syrup should only be used to ripen the fruit flavor and is not intended to create a frou-frou a/k/a syrupy sweet drink.
2 ounces good quality vodka
1/2 ounce frais de bois (optional)
A dash of simple syrup
Crush three fresh strawberries in a shaker, using a muddler or the flat end of a barspoon. Add ice, a large shot of vodka, a dash of frais de bois, and a hint of simple syrup to taste. Shake the mixture sharply and strain into a frosted martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.