Wash, stem and slice strawberries. Reserve a few for garnish.
Add water and sugar to saucepan. And bring to a simmer while stirring occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Add berries, then simmer a few more minutes.
Blend berry and sugar mixture until smooth. Allow to cool.
Pour into a pitcher, then add the vodka. For non-alcoholic, skip the vodka.
Add lemon juice and stir.
Add sparkling water before serving. If you are pre-making this, add this just before serving so it doesn't lose its fizz.
Serve on ice and enjoy!