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Vegan Jamaican Irish Moss (Sea Moss) Drink

May 6, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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This Vegan Jamaican Irish Moss Drink is the perfect sip for keeping your immune system in tact and well boosted while tasting absolutely deliciously creamy + decadent!

Vegan Jamaican Irish Moss (Sea Moss) Drink

Indulge in our Vegan Jamaican Irish Moss (Sea Moss) Drink recipe—a wholesome twist on the classic Jamaican favorite renowned for its nutritional benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. This vegan rendition offers a creamy, thick texture, bursting with fresh flavors + aromatic spices. Sip on this delightful concoction to support your immune system and keep it well-boosted. Completely Vegan + Dairy-free.

Up close shot of irish moss drinks with sea moss on a brown wood table.

This Vegan Jamaican Irish Moss (Sea Moss) Drink truly has a special place in my heart. If you’ve been following Orchids + Sweet Tea for some time, then you’re aware of how excited I get whenever I am able to showcase my Jamaican background in recipe form(Definitely try my Jamaican Vegan Peanut Punch and Jamaican Me Happy Mocktail next)

Let's dive back into this Irish Sea Moss drink! If you're after a super tasty drink that's also packed with nutrients, look no further y'all. This sea moss drink has it all. When it comes to infusing tropical drinks with the perfect blend of spices, the Caribbean certainly knows how to strike that perfect balance. I've jazzed it up with a dairy-free twist, but don't sweat—it's still creamy and delicious just like the original!

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What Is Jamaican Irish Moss?

Jamaican Irish Moss is a traditional beverage made from red seaweed (Chondrus crispus), commonly known as Irish moss. It's popular in Jamaican culture and is often prepared as a thick, creamy drink with various spices + sweeteners. Irish moss is known for its nutritional value, including its high mineral content and health benefits, such as promoting digestive health and supporting the immune system.

Sea moss gel on a brown wood table with a blue background.

Why You’ll Love This Jamaican Irish Moss Drink!

  • Creamy texture + packed with flavorful spices
  • Bursting with nutritious goodness --- Boosts the immune system + supports overall health.
  • Guaranteed to satisfy your cravings
  • Super easy to make + quick (Plus, no crazy clean-up! Can we say–Everything in one blender?)
  • Perfect for any day or season!
Irish moss drink in a black blender.

Ingredients For This Jamaican Irish Moss Drink

Here is everything you need to make this creamy Jamamican classic drink -

DRINK:

  • Almond milk. You can use your fave plant-based milk! Try my east no-soak homemade almond milk.
  • Pure maple syrup. You can substitute with organic cane sugar, brown sugar, or Meedjol dates if desired.
  • Sea Moss Gel. Store-bought or homemade.
  • Dairy-free condensed milk. This is key to the sweetness + creaminess factor.
  • Vanilla extract. Use pure vanilla extract for the best vanilla flavor. 
  • Spices. Ground cinnamon, nutmeg + allspice.

SHOP MY FAVORITE DRINKWARE ITEMS AND ACCESSORIES!

Here, I’ve curated a list of drinkware and mocktail essentials that I use to achieve my favorite drinking experiences, especially with this Jamaican Irish Moss Drink . Everything from my fave glassware, cocktail shakers, ice cube trays, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Irish moss drink in a glass with sea moss gel in the background.

Why Sweetened Condensed Milk Is So Important!

First, I must let you know that Sweetened Condensed Milk is a canned milk that has 60 percent of it's water content removed, making it thicker in consistency.

Also, it has 40-45% sugar, making it a great sugar substitute in recipes that use sugar. More importantly, condensed milk creates a caramelized flavor along with its sweetness, which gives the drinks + dishes that require it, a beautiful kick of flavor.

That being said---I generally love using the original Sweetened Condensed Milk like the Eagle Brand's version, however, in this recipe, I love using Edward's & Son's Let's Do Organic's dairy-free coconut version for vegan-friendly drinks.

How To Prepare Sea Moss

When it comes to preparing sea moss at home, the process is pretty simple. The first thing that should be done is to wash it and then soak it in cold water for a full day, ensuring that the water is changed pretty frequent. Once the sea moss has doubled in size, become white, and gelatinous, you should be all set for the next step.

Now, add the soaked sea moss along with a bit of water to a high-powered blender and blend until it becomes a thick, gel-like liquid. Store it in a tightly sealed mason jar and keep refrigerated for up to two weeks. Wallah!

What Recipes Can I Add Sea Moss in?

Adding sea moss to recipes such as smoothies, soups, baked goods, desserts, and more. The sky is the limit in terms of adding sea moss to just about anything.

Up close shot of irish moss drink in a two glasses with dry sea moss.

Common FAQs for this Irish Moss (Sea Moss) Drink.

How Do I Store Leftovers? Can I Freeze It?

OK, so like most other drinks, you can store leftover Irish Moss in an airtight jar or covered jug for up to a week. When it comes to freezing, you can store it in an airtight jar or container (portioned out) for up to 3 months. Once ready to use, simply thaw it out overnight in the refrigerator and enjoy.

Do I need to purchase the gel or dry sea moss?

Honestly, you can do either! When purchasing the gel, it makes things easier since the entire process has been done for you and you can also use the remaining sea moss gel for other drinks/recipes. However, if you decide to purchase the dry sea moss and make it at home yourself----that's fine too.

Can I Add Additional Ingredients?

Absolutely! You can add additional spices such as turmeric for added health benefits. In addition, you can either use actual alcohol or rum for a buzz or Holiday gathering feel. To sweeten, you can choose to add maple syrup or Agave instead of dates---in case you aren't a fan of dates.

More Vegan Drinks to Try Next

If you loved this Vegan Jamaican Irish Moss Drink and want to try more delicious plant-based drinks try these out next:

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Tow glasses of irish moss drinks with sea moss gel in the background.

Vegan Jamaican Irish Moss (Sea Moss) Drink 

May 6, 2024
5 from 5 votes
Indulge in our Vegan Jamaican Irish Moss (Sea Moss) Drink recipe—a wholesome twist on the classic Jamaican favorite renowned for its nutritional benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. This vegan rendition offers a creamy, thick texture, bursting with fresh flavors + aromatic spices. Sip on this delightful concoction to support your immune system and keep it well-boosted. Completely Vegan + Dairy-free.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2 servings

Ingredients

DRINK:

  • 2 cups Almond milk (You can use your fave plant-based milk!)
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup (You can substitute with organic cane sugar, brown sugar, or Meedjol dates, if desired)
  • 4 Tbsps Sea Moss Gel, store-bought or homemade
  • 4 Tbsps dairy-free condensed milk
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon ground allspice

Instructions

TO MAKE THE DRINK:

  • Add the sea moss gel, milk, vanilla, condensed milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to a high-powered blender and blend on medium-high speed, until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. 
  • Once drink consistency is met, pour Irish Moss drink into your favorite glass(es), and top with a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly sealed or in a covered mason jar for up to 1 week. Freezer-friendly (See Post for details).
  • DATES: To soak, add dates to a small bowl with boiling water for 10 minutes or so. This softens it and hydrates them for a better blend.
  • ADDITIONAL OPTIONS: To create a kick of flavor or add nutrients to this drink, you can add any of the following: turmeric (about ¼ tsp), your favorite nut butter, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, cacao powder (about 1 Tbsp), or an additional sweetener such as Agave or Maple syrup. For extra creaminess, you can also add soaked cashews (½ cup).
  • SEA MOSS GEL: For details on how to make this from home, see post!

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 509mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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  1. As a Jamaican myself mi approve dis ya message!! Very good consistency and richness sea moss drink. Keep it up.

  2. I was just reading that Bob Marley liked to drink an Irish Sea Moss drink, so I decided to look it up and here I am. While I haven’t tried this recipe, it looks delicious and will see about adding this algae to my diet. Looks like it has many health benefits! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Jules! Yes----Irish Sea Moss is such a great drink with so many benefits! I truly hope that you enjoy it! 🙂

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