If you're looking for something delicious to pour over game, in particular game pie, then you need to how to make Cumberland sauce. It's always served cold and should have a thin, rather than thick consistency. Here's a straightforward recipe for you.


Cumberland Sauce


  • Pared zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Pared zest of 1 lemon
  • 50ml port
  • 150ml red wine
  • 125g fresh cranberries, or leftover cranberry sauce (see p134)
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp redcurrant jelly


  • Place the zest in a small pan, cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes to soften it and remove any bitterness. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, place the orange juice and the rest of the ingredients in a small pan over a medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 5-10 minutes until thickened. Stir in the reserved zest, and serve.

Thanks to Four Gables Events for sharing this recipe.