Optimise your wellbeing by learning to make this vegan style refreshingly sweet spiced infused Jamaican sea moss drink recipe more commonly known as Irish moss. A modern blender technique with no boiling required making it carrageenan free!!
If you're looking for a nutritious beverage that is good for your health and tastes delicious then this sea moss drink has it going on.
When it comes to adding the right spice blends to a tropical drink, the Caribbean are good at mastering that fine balance.
If you want to learn how to make sea moss drink that is vegan, modified yet still packed with flavour then read ahead.
A lot has changed since I first made this post. You can still use it as a point of reference, however please review my latest more up to date post about how to make sea moss gel
What is sea moss?
Sea moss is a type of algae which grows on the rocky parts the Atlantic coast and North America. It is referred to by several names including Irish moss, Chondrus Crispus and Carrageen moss. You will also see it labelled as either of the aforementioned names.
Growing up I knew it as Jamaican Irish moss or simply sea moss so I may use those two names interchangeably throughout this post.
Pure sea moss has become contemporary which sees raw sea moss used in Dr Sebi's alkaline diet, gels/paste and used as a thickening agent.
Is Carrageenan the same as sea/Irish moss?
No, Carrageenan is a refined and highly processed derivative from the sea moss. This gum extract is what is commercially used in many food and drinks such as ice cream, syrups, beverages and used as a stabiliser or to add texture.
Many people are under the impression that pure sea moss is not healthy when it's actually the highly processed substance that comes from Irish moss that is problematic.
For this recipe we are working with pure/unrefined sea moss which has not undergone any high processed treatment. The drink itself is minimally processed and not boiled to retain as much nutrients as possible.
The traditional way of making Irish moss drink/sea moss drink - the Jamaican way
The traditional method for making Irish moss is non vegan. First of all you would rinse the moss several times to remove any debris and sea salt.
Then leave the moss to soak and expand overnight in water so it is easier to boil. From there you would transfer the Irish moss and water into a large pot.
Then add thickeners - Isinglass - a substance that comes from the stomach of a sturgeon, gum arabic and linseed (flaxseed).
All of the aforementioned would be brought to the boil for 30-40 minutes to make a thick gelatinous substance.
Next you would allow the liquid to cool slightly then strain off the liquid which would turn completely into a panacotta/blancmange type of gelatin.
Once the sea moss gel is portioned, a small amount is added to the blender along with sweetener - condensed milk/honey/milk along with spices and vanilla.
Some people turn things up a notch by adding stout, rum, guinness or peanuts for additional flavour.
Irish moss is quite a potent drink known as a love potion in the Caribbean so many women would prepare this for their spouse.
Nowadays the the drink has evolved so much that it is consumed by both genders.
How to make sea moss drink
My way of making Irish sea moss drink is different from the traditional method. With that being said, I felt it was appropriate to share the true Jamaican way of making Irish moss because whenever I modify a recipe from my heritage I ALWAYS acknowledge it's origins and reasons for any changes.
Don't boil Irish moss - As Irish moss is packed with so much nutritional value, one of the main recipe modifications is to NOT boil the moss but rather let the moss soak overnight along with the linseed.
Although you won't get that extra thick gelatin, you will preserve most if the nutritional value which is a lot more healthier.
Isinglass and arabic gum is optional - As this is a vegan recipe Isinglass is forbidden. Gum arabic is merely a thickener and because we are using the entire sea moss there really is no need to add any additives.
Drain off the water from the moss - which brings me to my other point in respect to creating a thick substance without boiling out the nutritional value.
Puree the entire moss - The whole sea moss will be used, nothing is to be wasted. Add the moss/flax water to a high speed blender and puree into a gel consistency.
Sweetener - I like to use a low GI index sweetener to keep within the realm of good health. Agave nectar, coconut nectar or maple syrup are good vegan alternative to honey. You can also use my condensed coconut milk for additional sweetness.
Plant based milk - Coconut milk or almond milk work really well. After making this recipe many times I would highly recommend using almond milk as it really compliments the taste abit better.
Store any leftover sea moss gel - Some people suggest storing it in the refrigerator for up to a month. I personally disagree and suggest using the blended sea moss gel within 3-4 days maximum . Alternatively, you can freeze in small portions, ready to use.
Spices - Don't forget to add your spices - cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
Where to buy Irish moss
Irish moss is widely available online (Amazon, Etsy) and also the best place to purchase it from. If you live in an ethnic neighbourhood then you can find Caribbean brands of Irish moss in your local supermarket.
Make sure the moss that you purchase is whole and not flaked and definitely not made in China.
Try to buy sea moss that is described as "wild harvested" or wildcrafted" this a good way of determining its authenticity.
Irish moss should also have some signs of debris - sand/sea salt which needs to be thoroughly washed off using your hands.
It shouldn't have an EXTREMELY strong smell of chlorine which some people have reported, so be mindful of that.
How to make a single serving
If you want to make a small individual serving of Irish moss drink. Instead of using the entire bag of moss, simply measure out ⅓ cup of sea moss.
Follow the instructions below only using about 2-3 cups of water soak the moss. Just add the sea moss along with the rest of the ingredients to a blender.
Reputable Sea moss vendors
- Vital Vegan (US)
- Akeem Pierre (US)
- Bush Doctor (UK Based, Etsy)
- Genni Oil (UK based)
More Jamaican/Caribbean drink recipes
- Jamaican Carrot Juice
- Sea Moss Smoothie
- Tamarind Juice
- Jamaican Sexy Juice
- Soursop Punch
- Iced Cerasee Tea
- Guinep Juice
- Peanut Punch
- Jamaican Ginger Beer
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Sea Moss Drink (Irish Moss Drink)
To make the sea moss gel
- 100 g of Jamaican Irish moss/sea moss 3.5oz
- 6 cups warm water to soak the moss
- 2 tablespoon of linseed flaxseed (optional)
To make a single drink
- 1 cup Almond milk can use coconut milk
- Coconut condensed milk optional to taste
- ¼ cup of Sweetener - coconut nectar agave nectar, maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
- Place the sea moss in a colander.
- Use your hands to thoroughly wash any debris and excess sea salt from your moss. Do this several times until the sea moss looks and feels less gritty.
- Place the sea moss and flaxseed in a large size bowl with the 6 cups of warm water and leave to soak overnight. The moss will expand in size and the water should thicken slightly
- Use a colander to pour and drain off the excess water that was used to soak the sea moss
- Place the sea moss into a blender bowl and puree into a gel. The sea moss should be gelatinous in texture (You may need to add some water to your blender to help break it down).
- Scoop out the gel and transfer into a jar/bowl and refrigerate.
To make a single glass of sea moss drink
- Add 4tbsp to ⅓ cup of the sea moss paste along with the almond milk, vanilla, spices, sweetener of your choice into a high speed blender
- Blend into a smooth consistency - add any extra i.e rum, stout, oats etc.. now if required
- serve accordingly.
- Some people refrigerate their moss gel for up to 4 weeks. I recommend storing it for 3-4 days for maximum potency.
- For longevity freeze the gel into small ice cubes.
- DO NOT USE powdered or flaked sea moss, this form of moss is refined as has loss it's nutritional value.
- You can also use this recipe to make the sea moss gel only for additional purposes
- To make a single glass of this drink use ⅓ cup of moss instead soaked in 2-3 cups of water and follow the rest of the instructions.
- Make sure the sea moss you are using is "Wildcrafted" or "Wild Harvested".
- If you are facing any difficultly pureeing your sea moss into gel, add a splash of water. I own a high speed blender (vitamix) which makes a huge difference.
- It is normal for the moss gel to thicken up as it is refrigerated.
- If the actual drink is too thick, add a splash of almond milk
I absolutely LOVE this recipe, thank you so much Charla.
You are very welcome
Did you mean the stomach of a STURGEON, instead of the stomach of a SURGEON?
Yes, sturgeon is what I was referring to and thank you for highlighting that typing error.
Hi Charla! This is a delicious recipe! Do you have any idea how long the milk would keep if put in a glass bottle refrigerated?
Hi Jon, it should last for a few days. I hope that helps and thank you for the feedback.
This looks like a great recipe. Can you recommend any trusted brands/site to order sea moss gel from? Also, you are correct that most recommend refrigeration for up to a month but since you suggest freezing, would mini ice trays produce the suggested daily serving size (1-2 cubes/serving)?
Hi Kim. It's been a while since I made this post so a lot has changed. I actually have a more update post which covers reputable vendors but I will drop the names here of some companies who sell authentic sea moss. They are - Vital Vegan (US), Akeem Pierre (US), Bush Doctor (UK Based, Etsy)and Genni Oil (UK based). I could recommend using 2-4 of frozen ice cubes in order to obtain your daily serving size. I hope that helps!
Thanks so much, yes it does! This post popped up in a Google search so I'll have to also take a look at your updated post. Thank you again; be well!
No problem! You're are welcome and I'm always happy to help where possible.
As another Jamaican 🇯🇲 women I love that you made so many traditional foods healthier especially Irish Moss! I love the drink by Big Bamboo but it’s so sugary I wonder if still had any healthy benefits. The comments have me cracking me up! I’ve never thought of it being salty drink or smelling like the ocean, it makes sense why they say that but it never taste like that not even homemade Irish Moss lol I guess Jamaican just know how to prepare it properly. And I usually had it with added peanuts (the homemade batch.) The American’s are eating it up now since it’s popularity. It’s a super food so you know it’s a rage! Lol cracks me up that Jamaican’s have been drinking this for centuries and American’s just catch on. Keep up the good work and I love the recipe!
Hi Liv, thank you for commenting and showing your support, it is truly appreciated. Yes, I completely agree in respect to the preparation and how to observe what is true sea moss. When you grow up on it it's more or less second nature. In respect to Big Bamboo Irish Moss, that's the one I used to drink before making my own rendition, it has a lot of sugars/syrups, casein so any nutritional value is lost. Also, a lot of our foods that are pretty much the cultural norm are now trending i.e. plantain, coconut (the trash/milk) breadfruit, cassava and so fourth.
So sorry, nowhere in your instructions does it say to boil the moss.
Charge my head not my heart
Haha no problem Asa.
I'm so excited to try this. I just got a nice batch from herbalisland.com. It smells just like the ocean. Is the drink salty, I just can't imagine all the salt coming out in just soaking. Thanks!
Hi Aubry. It shouldn't be salty at all. It's important that you rinse off your salt moss very very thoroughly before soaking it.
Wonderful and yummy. Thank you.
You are welcome
I rinsed mine several times then soaked it and there was no salt tastes at all
Was there a fishy taste?
So excited to try this recipe, it sounds really good and love that it’s vegan. I just wanted to clarify with the recipe, would only one serving of the drink be made? I.e. if I wanted to make it for 4 people I would use 4 cups of almond milk and 16tbsp of sea moss gel and so on. Thank you!
Hi Lola. Yes, that's correct. Just adjust the amount to serve 4 people, so 4 cups of almond milk and 16tbsp of sea moss gel etc.. is correct.
Thank you for the recipe. I’m drinking the smoothie with my other hand as I type so expect typos.
Great warm flavors are happening in my mouth. I replaced the coconut/almond milk with oat milk and omitted the flax and neither has affected my satisfaction with the drink.
Question, Wouldn’t boiling the moss neutralize any medicinal properties it holds?
I'm so glad that you like it.
That amount is for me alone not 4 people lol
No problem George, I never share this drink either! Thanks for stopping by!
I'm looking forward to making the drink without boiling. Just to make it clear do you blend the soaked moss and linseed in some or all of the water it was soaked in.
Hi there, yes, add the sea moss to the blender with the linseed and add some of the water to the blender. You can reserve the water that you soaked the sea moss in and add as much as you need to make the gel or use fresh water instead. I hope that clarifies things!
Absolutely the best way to take sea moss. I love it!! 😍 Thanks for sharing this recipe.
You are very welcome Sojo
I live in A big city in the north of Italy and here is not easy to find fresh seamoss. I tried the drink when I was living in London and loved it..
I purchased some 50 gr. of Irishmoss from Internet and now it showed up as Flakes. I saw you advice not to use flakes. can you please explain why are they not good and if I shouldnot use them for the recipe and defenetly dispose of them ?
thank You so much
Hi Giacomo. The reason why I don't recommend flakes is because there are so many fake suppliers online that I try to recommend sea moss that I know to be authentic which happens to be sea moss that is whole not flakes. Does your sea moss state where it was sourced? What's the brand name? It's difficult for me to determine if your sea moss is real without knowing more details.
hey ! I bought it on Ebay from a German supplier. this is therir website>hopfenlager.de
I* guess is a shop for mainly beers ingredients. I guess I can find Irish moss in my town but right now I can`t really roam around. I will try to find a closer supplier....
Thank you for the propt answer !
your website is great !!
Yes. Please try to source the sea moss locally if you can next time and you are welcome.
its a german supplierI found on ebay I guess of mostly beer making ingredients. here is the website> hopfenlager.de
I don't recommend buying sea moss from Ebay.
Hey, Love the recipe and thanks for the information.
How long can i store the sea moss drink/gel?
Information is in the post. "Store any leftover sea moss gel - Some people suggest storing it in the refrigerator for upto a month. I personally disagree and suggest using the blended sea moss gel in 3-4 days maximum . Alternatively, you can freeze in small portions, ready to use."
I purchased from fruitzandrootz on Instagram it’s coming from the Caribbean
Can too much sea moss be unwise?
I'm not aware of any issues with over consumption
Hello everyone. I have found plenty of sea moss in the Asian markets. It is authentic with no Chinese labeling. It is pure and gentle.
What's the brand?
Yes it can it has lots of iodine and too much iodine is bad
Where can I get the coconut condensed milk? I think this is a healthier sweetener.
Hi Horace, Here is the link https://thatgirlcookshealthy.com/organic-condensed-coconut-milk/
Hi Joanne.. Once I soak the sea moss overnight can I blend it with green tea powder and drink it like tea?
Great recipe I'll be trying this later this week 🙂 I already boiled some last night and put some in my fruit smoothie this morning. Now I know that I shouldn't have boiled it! Do you think it's safe to drink or shall I throw it away?
Hi Joanne. Drink it this time around rather than waste it since you are only doing it on this occasion. Moving forward it's highly recommended to soak the sea moss in order to retain its nutritional value.
Thank you soo very much for sharing this dear. Loving your website. I was stressed and overwhelmed by the choices on Amazon, so I ended up buying from Chakabars Fruit and Rootz and it got here faster than expected and looks very fresh! Quick question, I only have ground flax on hand at the moment, will that be acceptable?
Hi Jackie. Yes, you can certainly use ground flaxseed. The recipe will still work the same.
Hi Charla, Thank you for sharing this recipe. I'm looking forward to try it. Please can you give me contacts to your jamaican supplier? I get my seamoss from two suppliers but they pack them themselves in plastic bags and nothing that mentions where it is form.
Also, do you think we can make hot beverages with seamoss for cold season?
I find this https://akeempierre.com/ sea moss to be the most credible around. In respect to your two suppliers I would double check whether or not they source it from China because that's where the fake stuff is coming from. I haven't made any hot beverages with sea moss yet, but I'm hoping to do some trial and error to see what hot beverages I can make with it
Do you have a recommended vendor on Amazon or Etsy for sea moss? I've seen so many that appear to be fake but I don't have the experience to really judge. I have read, and seen clips of Dr. Sebi stating that the thicker, heavily salted version is pool grown and not the natural form found in the ocean but it seems all I find on Amazon and Etsy are the thicker, heavily salted kind... I'd rather purchase the real deal but I'm finding it difficult to determine what is actually the real deal. Please help!!
I can't recommend a specific vendor via Etsy or Amazon as I buy my sea moss locally from a Jamaican store. However, I do know for a fact the this guy https://akeempierre.com/ sells authentic sea moss. You want to stay away from any sea moss that is "made in China" it's fake. Also, most wildcrafted sea moss that is harvested in Jamaica (check the label to make sure it states this) will be authentic. I hope that helps!
What’s is the recipe/measurements for a single cup/batch?
Follow the exact instruction using a 1/3 cup of sea moss and soak it in 2 cups of water instead
Planning to try this recipe out. Does this mean the pre-made Irish seamoss drinks carried in many local, traditional food and juice shops are NOT vegan?
No. It's most likely not vegan.
Can I make hot tea with sea Moss? If I can, how do I make it? Can I use lemon or lime?
Hi Dee, I haven't tried it before. If I did I would probably boil the sea moss with some lemon or lime then drain it off. The texture is a little gelatinous so it would be quite thick!!
Hi Charla, If I were to freeze this recipe, or a similar one, into a pop, do you think it could last in the freezer up to a month or so before consuming? Thanks in advance!
Yes, as long as your freezer doesn't give off freezer burn it should be fine.
Do you have a recipe for powdered sea moss?
No I don't. I've never made sea moss with powder, only the raw stuff.
Oh my goodness, I have been struggling with drinking sea moss for months. This recipe just saved me! I left out the condensed milk and added a little coconut sugar. Thank you!
You Are welcome Whitney!!
I grew up drinking seamoss with my Jamaican food in Ny. I’m glad to have found this recipe!!!
You are welcome April
This recipe is great. I tried it, thank you. Quick question, 1/4 cup of agave for the 1 cup of almond necessary or can I stretch it by adding more almond milk? Thanks in advance.
Thanks Anthony, you can easily stretch it by adding more almond milk (maybe 1/4-1/3 cup more) but too much though or the texture will turn too thin.
Hi. Can you please be more detailed on the single serving proportions? I am soaking 1/3 cup of the moss, but am not quite certain how much of the gel to use after it has soaked, or how much milk, sweetener, etc. to use. Thanks!
Hi Cate. I actually made this recipe specifically for bulk batches. However, I can definitely slim line it down to a single serving and update the recipe for you.
Thank you for your wonderful post! Can sea moss be used as a thickener for soups and other foods ?
Yes, its quite gelatinous so it serves as a good thickener for most foods.
I’m going to try this tomorrow
My moss and flax seed are soaking..
First time trying this nutritional drink
Awesome. I hope you like the drink Alexis.
This is my first time trying Sea moss and preparing it also. I'm starting out with 2 oz. of Sea moss so I can store in small batches. I'm taking sea moss for the health benefits only. So could I add it to anything just to get all the minerals I need? Or is the taste so unbearable I have use all your ingredients? And I heard also to add cinnamon to it when simmering is that ok?
Yes, adding cinnamon when simmering is fine. Try not to simmer for too long and when simmering do it on low heat so the properties are not depleted. The taste of sea moss is like a tasteless gel, not unbearable but neutral at best. You can add it in anything like smoothies or drinks.
What type of blender do you use? My nutribullet doesnt seem strong enough?
I use a vitamix for all my smoothie recipes. I used to own a nutribullet and didn't find it strong enough for big batches such as this sea moss recipe. Have you tried making the recipe in smaller batches? What seems to be the problem you are facing? maybe I can help.
Delicious! Did it exactly your way doubled recipe so everyone could try. A little sweet, will try with date sugar next time. Should have made more.
Thank you! I'm just so glad you liked it as much as I do.
Looks delicious! I'm just starting to discover the benefits of seas moss I just bought some the other day but dried and ground ready for tea? Do I just put in boiled like any tea and drink once cooled? For this recipe can I use the dried sea moss or should it be in it's raw natural state? Thanks so much!
I actually haven't come across sea moss in its ground form so any information given would be based on pure guess work. In order to obtain the results as pictured I would advise using sea moss in its raw state. In respect to the dried version, I would probably just add some along with the rest of the ingredients to my blender and hopefully you should replicate the results as shown. I hope that's useful!!
Hi Charla, I am in the process of soaking 2 oz. of sea moss now. This is my first time. I have read you view on preparing it, but the directions that came with it, says to simmer for 20 mins. I will follow the directions given but will use your preparations for the drink. Should I had the flax seeds while soaking or when it is simmering? Can't wait to try it.
Hi Kookie. Yes add the flax seeds while soaking, no simmering is required. Simply let the moss soak overnight with the flax and blend the next day. I do advise following my instructions in full to yield the same results as pictured.
Ashley Hampton ?
Hello ? I would like for someone to make it so I can try it first
Looks great, haven't had some Irish Moss in a long time. Im going to make this , thanks for sharing.
You are very welcome Damion.
Hi Charla! It's a very good recipe but very sweet and I'm a type 1 diabetic so I modified it. I made the recipe x6.
3 cans/6 cups Evaporated Milk
1 cup Coconut Milk
3 cups Water
2 Tbsp Nutmeg
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Vanilla
½ cup Truvia (stevia sweetener)
2 cups sea moss gel
Hi Danielle, no problem, I'm so glad to hear that you were able to tailor the recipe to suit your needs.
I'm a little concerned. My last batch of juice started to solidify into an alge form one night in the refrigerator. Is this normal?
Yes. That may happen due to the density. Simply reblend and it should return to its liquid state.
Hello... Do you think this drink will be good for digestion issues such as Bile Reflux?
Hi Kash. Sea moss itself is great for alleviating acid reflux, try it neat (more potent) or in this drink. It should work, hope I have helped!!
I’m not implying that your method is wrong, but simmering the Sea Moss for a few hours does not detract from the potency - it is a true seaweed. In regard to other vegetables and fruit, simmering and/or over-boiling would definitely denature the food making it essentially a poison. On the contrary, I recommend simmering to extract the nutrients, as one would do in the case of roots, barks and stems. Simmer the sea moss on low fire, don’t boil. To add to this, when you simmer the moss with bay leaf, clove, etc., you’re allowing all of those enzymes to collaborate, if you will. Enjoy and thanks for all of your information - Jamaica still has so much to offer that hasn’t been tapped or exploited, thank God Almighty.
Hi Blake, thanks for your input!! Highly appreciated. I think the problem with simmering for a number of hours is there's a risk of carrageenan forming which is really what I'm trying to advise others against doing because it's linked to inflammation of the bowl. Simmering for a very short period of time would probably lessen the chances this occurring though. Whether you choose to simmer for a short period of time or follow the instructions of the recipe card, the moss will taste equally as nice.
How long should you refrigerate the sea moss paste?
I don't find it has a very long shelf life so 4 days maximum. I suggest making it in small batches so nothing goes to waste.
I have never heard of this before, but you make this look delicious! I'm definitely game to try it out!
Wow looks amazing, I make Irish moss all the time but I have never had it with coconut condensed milk. Sounds real creamy like the traditional version.
Thanks Michelle! I hope you try it with the vegan condensed milk.
Although I'm not Jamaican I am Caribban and have often seen this at Caribbean restaurants but I have been reluctant to try it not sure if I would like the taste. Now that I see all that goes into it plus the health benefits I am going to try it next time
I think because the drink is made from sea moss it's a bit offputting so I understand why. As you know the Caribbean has an abundance of recipes with an acquired taste. This drink is definitely flavoursome and healthy too!!
Oh wow! Never heard of this before, i’ve Definitely learnt something new and would be try It 🙂
Hope you enjoy it
This is definitely a Jamaican staple! My mom makes it ever so often! I must give this recipe a try!
Thanks Shanika. Yup! A try Jamaican drink!!
I definitely prefer your way of making this!
Looks lovely can't wait to try it