Place the cut strawberries in a bowl and add the sugar. Let sit for 30 min to 1 hour until the strawberries are pooled around in their juices.
Add 1/2 cup of strawberries with juices into blender. Put the rest of ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add 3/4 cup of strawberries in a small bowl or mortar and muddle the strawberries and stir into smoothie.