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Cumberland sauce – it’s a sauce recipe every game cook should know about

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

Recipe for Cumberland sauce

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.