Wash the strawberries. If you use large strawberries, cut them in half or
quarters. Place them in a clean glass jar, add grain alcohol or vodka, and let
stand 24 hours, shaking it periodically. The strawberries will begin to pale
as the alcohol leaches the color (and taste and fragrance) out of the strawberries.
After 24 hours or so, Use a fine strainer to strain the strawberries and
seeds from the alcohol into a 2-quart glass container. Discard the remains of
Combine two cups of water and up to two cups of sugar in a saucepan and
bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Allow to cool and add to the alcohol.
It is now ready to drink, but your best bet is to put the Fragole Cello
into a decanter in the freezer for a week to mellow and become ice cold.