''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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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

199 calories; protein 4.7g 9% DV; carbohydrates 41.1g 13% DV; fat 3.8g 6% DV; cholesterol 9.1mg 3% DV; sodium 48.1mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2012
Only one star? This is fabulous! Very refreshing. Use as much watermelon as you would like. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/28/2012
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? Read More
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  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
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Rating: 2 stars
05/27/2012
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? Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2012
Only one star? This is fabulous! Very refreshing. Use as much watermelon as you would like. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2012
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!)! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2014
I love this Drink My Tongan Friend Mele gave me her recipe for Otai I make it every summer I make it by the gallons for all my friends to enjoy when they come to visit.In stead of can milk we used Half& Half you can also use mango instead of watermelon for adults you can add some rum or brandy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2015
My husband is Tongan. We make the "skinny version". Using ripe watermelon, take out the seeds( if necessary) & place chunks in the blender. Add at least 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk & blend to the consistency that you like. It is a nice low calorie treat on a hot summer day! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2012
Mine came out... okay. I bought a seedless watermelon cut it in half and started with that. I blended it and the can of crushed pineapple added the milk lime juice coconut milk (I don't care for flakes in my drinks) water and evaporated milk. It was thick. VERY thick. So I added the second half of watermelon (blended). Added more water. Added pineapple juice. Still thick. So I strained all of it and got it to a liquid stated. By that point it was lime heavy (I don't know how) so I added the sugar (1/2 cup). It's finally to the point that I don't mind drinking it. It was just a lot more work than I thought and VERY time consuming. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2012
i love this recipe and make it every weekend over he summer but i like to use primo milk instead of water to give it a milky taste and serve it with ice cream... yummy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2014
Wow! This tasted great! I bought a really sweet but visually unattractive watermelon inside so decided to use this recipe. I didn't have coconut so I left it out. As soon as I go to the store I'll have to get shredded coconut to make more. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/24/2017
We made this for my kids' Geography club. It was more pulp than drink. We followed the recipe exactly. It was so thick and not as flavorful as you'd think. Read More
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