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Polynesian Watermelon Drink ('Otai)

Polynesian Watermelon Drink ('Otai)

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''Otai' is a fruit drink which originated in Tonga and is usually made as a summertime refreshment. It is a blend of water, coconut milk, and any variety of pulped tropical fruit such as coconut, watermelon, mango, and pineapple but is almost always watermelon as it is plentiful in Tonga. A small amount of sugar may be added, although the recipe is considerably sweet on its own. I lived in Sydney many moons ago and the Polynesian families drank this by the gallons in the summer. Soooo refreshing and yummy! Serve over ice cubes.

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  • Calories:
  • 199 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 3.8 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 41.1g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 4.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 48 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Grate watermelon with a fork from the rind into a large bowl, leaving no large chunks. Stir water, pineapple, evaporated milk, and coconut into the grated watermelon. Add sugar; stir until dissolved. Squeeze lime juice into the watermelon mixture.
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Reviews

Chef Mel
11
5/27/2012

Made this for an island inspired graduation party. I used really sweet watermelon and delicious, fresh pineapple (crushed it). I followed the recipe to the tee and no one liked it at all. I really expected a quite different turn out. Maybe adding some ginger ale might help?

Becky
8
5/12/2012

Only one star? This is fabulous! Very refreshing. Use as much watermelon as you would like.

susanindubai
7
5/24/2012

Absolutely delicious! Didn't have coconut so added a can of coconut cream and substitued coconut water for some of the water. Whizzed the fruit with my stick blender. And my husband drank almost all of this great, refreshing drink (I mae it for me, he DOESN'T like fruit drinks!)!