This drink, Irish Moss, is one of the most notorious among Jamaican men that is said to be the drink that will “put it back” or “put lead" in your pencil. Good for the writers, eh?
Everywhere you go: restaurants, juice shops, grocery stores, street side vendors (especially), you name it...it's the base from which many Jamaican aphrodisiacs are derived.
Made from a light-colored seaweed with the same name, the many benefits from this drink can not be said in this article. I must admit that without the other ingredients this drink does not taste good, though.
Like anything else, flavor is the key. As such, 'moss' is usually enhanced with some of the ingredients in the recipe below and other things that would make anyone say, "huh?"
Oh yes! it does't taste good without the additives. And, to make things worse, some people are now using organic and, or, vegan ingredients to make it palatable for a certain crowd.
However, the taste of 'moss' can be adjusted to satisfy your own taste, too. So, vegan or not...it's malleable. Heck, I've enhanced it with peanut, strawberry, mango and pumpkin...seriously.
The point here is you can make your own concoction (aphrodisiac) using this seaweed as the base ingredient...Cool?
½ lb Irish Moss
2 oz. Gum Arabic
1 can. Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 lb Sugar
2 tbsp. Vanilla Flavoring
4 qt. Water
Wash the moss in the sink to remove sand or foreign matter . Bring water to a boil and then add moss, linseed, isinglass, and gum arabic.
Let the ingredients cook until everything is dissolved, except the the moss. This will take about an hour or so.
Strain the liquid into another container and separate the boiled moss trash from the drink.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixture, now do a taste test. Add more of anything you feel that would make this drink taste the way you want it to.
Put it to cool in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
Serve in 12 oz. cups.
Note: Because the thickness of this drink can vary, you may have to dilute this mixture to an acceptable level of consistency.
This drink can be flavored with other flavorings such as Jamaican Strawberry Syrup, or add Peanut Butter, or Rolled Oats, or Ground Cashews, the possiblities are endless.
Try something new, dont be cautious, live on the edge!