Sauce Moscovite

Juniper-Infused Sauce Poivrade

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  • Yield:

    2 cups

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By James Peterson

Published 1991

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This obscure poivrade-based sauce is flavored with juniper berries and Malaga, a fortified wine that is difficult to obtain in the United States. Other fortified wines, such as Madeira or port, can also be used. Juniper berries are excellent for reinforcing—even mimicking—the flavor of game. In classic recipes, the sauce is finished with white raisins and toasted almonds or pine nuts.

Add ½ cup (125 milliliters) Malaga wine and 10 crushed juniper berries to 2 cups (500 milliliters) sauce poivrade. Gently simmer the sauce for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce the wine and infuse the juniper. Strain through a fine chinois. Add 1 ounce (25 grams) white raisins, plumped, and 1 ounce (25 grams) toasted almonds or pine nuts.