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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Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 seedless watermelon, halved and sliced

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can crushed pineapple

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

  • ½ cup shredded coconut

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste

  • ½ lime, juiced

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
4g Fat
41g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 35mg 176%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 574mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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