Katie’s Secret Sangria | The Best Christmas Punch Recipe

December 31, 2015

This is the very best (and easiest) Christmas punch recipe to make this holiday season!

I have two close girlfriends up on the ranch, and a group of six or so amazing friends in Reno (the closest city to us, and my home town). One of my very best friends is Katie – she is the leather to my lace. When I wear pink, she wears black, in the complimentary kind of way. 

She has been making her “secret sangria” for every get together we’ve thrown for years on end. It’s a tried and true, “everybody will love it” kind of recipe. So when I asked her if she’d be willing to share it ‘on the blog’, I was a little nervous she would be completely offended that I’d even asked! 

Luckily for all of us, her only request was that I refer to it as “Katie’s Secret Sangria” – which happens to no longer be a secret. I am so excited to get to share it with you because even though it’s not a difficult recipe, it’s absolutely mouth watering! It’s such a great recipe to keep on hand for parties and gatherings because it’s easily doubled to serve a large crowd. Plus, it’s very versatile to any season – so feel free to tailor it to your tastes! 



  • 1/4 liter Fresca or Squirt

  • 1/2, 12 oz can frozen limeade (softened, but still cold)

  • 1 bottle Brut champagne

  • 1/2, 750 mL bottle flavored vodka (we love berry or citrus)

  • Fresh fruit, sliced (citrus is our favorite, but whole berries also work!)


Step 1: Pour the flavored vodka in a large pitcher or bowl. Add the fruit, and allow to soak for an hour or two (or even overnight). It is best to place this in the fridge while the fruit soaks so that the ingredients remain cold.

Step 2: After the fruit has soaked, add the Fresca, and limeade, stir well until combined. 

Step 3: Top with 1 bottle of Brut Champagne. You have the option of pouring the bottle of champagne into the pitcher -or- dividing the vodka/limeade/soda mixture into individual glasses and topping each glass with a bit of champagne. This is up to you and depends on the desired taste. 

Enjoy this cocktail over ice.

Tip: Don’t add ice to the pitcher because it will dilute the drink, just keep the pitcher in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. You can also try adding frozen berries instead of ice to keep the drink cold without diluting it.

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    • Hello Lita – I apologize for the vagueness of the steps. I have updated the recipe to be more precise. This recipe is very "made to taste". We add an entire bottle of brut, but you might start off with half a bottle, and add more to taste. Enjoy!

  1. What sz of limeade? Also ur directions say to add the vodka and top off with champagne. Does that mean per glass or bowl?

    • Hi Jan, I am sorry the original recipe was very vague. I have no updated it to be more exact with better instructions. The recipe is very easy to adapt and make to your own liking. We use a small can of frozen limeade (12 oz). When topping with Champagne, you can either top the bowl or top per glass, you will get the same results. Topping per glass gives you more control over the taste!