Have ready a fine-mesh strainer suspended over a medium metal bowl.
In a small bowl, pour in the ¼ cup cold water and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Stir to moisten and soften the gelatin and allow it to sit for a minimum of 5 minutes. Cover tightly with plastic wrap to prevent evaporation and set aside.
In a small heavy saucepan, whisk together the sugar and ⅓ cup water ove