Cumberland Sauce Recipe


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Cumberland Sauce Recipe

[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

  • Yield:Makes about 2 cups
  • Active time: 45 minutes
  • Total time:45 minutes


  • Rind from 1 orange, finely julienned
  • Rind from 1 lemon, finely julienned
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar red currant jelly
  • 1 cup Ruby port
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice from 2 to 3 oranges
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice from about 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. 1.

    Fill a small sauce pan with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Place orange and lemon rind in boiling water and blanch for 5 minutes. Strain rinds from water.

  2. 2.

    Return now empty saucepan to stove and add in port, red currant jelly, orange juice, lemon juice, mustard, and ginger. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking to combine. Reduce heat to a rolling simmer, stir in lemon and orange rinds, and cook until sauce thickens enough to coat a spoon, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to a week, warming prior to use.