Caribbean Irish Moss isn’t your regular, bland-tasting health drink. With a bit of Jamaican inspiration — a sweet dose of strawberry syrup and a sprinkle of delectable cashew nuts will definitely add some twang to your taste buds!

Who said health drinks are just meant to be ordinary flavorless tea? Irish Moss is a type of seaweed from, where else: Ireland. And, right after early Irish immigrants found Irish Moss on rocks along the coast of Jamaica’s oceans and rivers — Everybody’s been brewing this health drink in the Caribbean since then!

Irish Moss, which is also known as Chondruscrispus,appears to be deep maroon and purple in color. It’s now used as a main ingredient in many all-time Caribbean drink favorites.

And, Irish Moss is also a type of thickener used in gelatin and milk products. This is why the Irish Moss drink has a tasty, thick texture.

At CaribbeanFood.Com — we provide simple guides on how to cook all kinds of delectable Caribbean and Jamaican recipes. Learn how to prepare Caribbean Irish Moss drinks at our website, and check out our other recipes. Don’t forget to share our website with your friends — they’ll surely love you more!


  • 40 – 45 minutes



  • ¾ pounds of Irish Moss seaweed
  • 4 ounces of gum acacia
  • ¾ cups of natural honey
  • ¾ pounds of sugar
  • 4 ounces of isinglass (a gelatinous substance taken from the stomach of a sturgeon)
  • 5 ounces of linseed (also known as flax seed)
  • 4 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 qt. water
  • 3 tablespoons of nutmeg powder

For some added OOMMPPHHH —just add rolled oats, cashew nuts, peanut butter or strawberry syrup, and you’ll definitely have a truly fascinating experience with this Jamaican health drink!


  • Thoroughly wash your Irish Moss seaweed. You can also soak them in lukewarm water for a few hours, but this will remove a small amount of its gelatinous texture.
  • Place the Irish Moss inside a colander, and give it another good rinse to get rid of the debris and sand particles. You will be able to tell if the Irish Moss is ready if the color changes from maroon to a beige color, and if it weighs twice as much as its original and dry form.
  • Take a large kettle and fill it up with five quarts of water.
  • While boiling your water, toss in the gum acacia, Irish Moss, linseed and isinglass. Cook these ingredients for 40 to 45 minutes until they all dissolve, with the exception of the Irish Moss. Strain the liquid and throw away the Irish Moss.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients into the mixture. If the taste of the drink is not to your liking, then feel free to include some syrup or anything that can enhance the flavor.
  • Place your drink inside the fridge for four hours, and serve. Add a cup of water if your drink is too thick.

That’s how quick and simple it is to prepare an Irish Moss drink — Enjoy this all-time Caribbean favorite!

Here at CaribbeanFood.Com — we provide simple guides on how to cook all kinds of delectable Caribbean and Jamaican recipes. Download our compiled recipe videos of the top 12 all-time Caribbean and Jamaican favorites — it’s absolutely free!

Best Cookware to Use:

  • A Colander Bowl
  • A Large Kettle