The Irish moss drink recipe below was updated on 09/21/2021. The previous recipe calls for discarding the boiled Irish moss pieces. After receiving feedback from a reader, I tried blending the remaining bits with the boiled liquid and the result was a thicker, richer, more flavorful beverage.
The recipe below produces a tasty, rich, nutrition-packed beverage that can be flavored with peanut, vanilla, banana, or enjoyed as is.
In keeping with Jamaican tradition, the recipe calls for linseed and isinglass to be boiled with the Irish moss. The linseed and isinglass are optional. Once the Irish moss is cooled, add optional ingredients like Guinness and peanuts for added flavor and nutrition. The boiled liquid also makes a good thickener for ice cream, custards, and puddings.
Cooked by itself Irish Moss is flavorless. As such it is one of the ingredients used to make a commercial food thickener called carrageen. Cooled Irish Moss in its natural state becomes gelatinous when it cools. So it is a great vegan substitute for jello and as a thickening agent. Irish moss is also rich in protein. You can also use the leftover gelatin to thicken your jellies, puddings, mousses, soups, and ice creams. It sets more softly than regular gelatin but it gets the job done.
Chef Sian’s Irish Moss Recipe
To make Irish moss
- 2 oz Sea Moss
- ¼ oz isinglass
- 3 TB flax (also called linseed or flaxseed)
- 3 qt water
To make Drink
- 1 tsp Sweet Spice (substitute ½ tsp each cinnamon and ginger for sweet spice)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 12-oz btl Guinness (optional)
- ½ C oatmeal, (quick cook )
- ½ C condensed milk
Optional (add 1 or more )
- ½ C unsalted peanuts
- 1 – 2 ripe banana
Sea moss is full of salt and sand. Before preparing, rinse it well.
To prepare; combine sea moss with isinglass, linseed, and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to med-low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sea moss begins to melt away. Allow the liquid to cool for at least 30 minutes before completing recipe.
After it cools and thickens. Divide the mixture to 3 portions. Use 1 portion to complete the recipe. Divide the remaining amount into 2 ziploc bags and freeze until needed.
To Make Drink
After cooling. In a blender combine 2 cups of the gel with the remaining ingredients and blend for 3 to 4 minutes until smooth. If the drink is too thick for your liking add ½ cup water to the blender to thin it. If needed add more condensed milk or a ripe banana for added sweetness. Chill for 2 to 4 hours before serving. Irish Moss will remain fresh in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Rich, creamy, nutritious Irish Moss flavored with sweet spices, Guinness and condensed milk