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Coconut Watermelon Refresher(Tonga - Otai)

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“You'll need a watermelon, a can of coconut milk, and some shredded coconut. watermelon, a can of coconut milk, and some shredded coconut. If you want to get fancy, you can add things like crushed pineapple or papaya, too. A squeeze of lime juice brightens up the flavors.”
READY IN:
15mins
YIELD:
1 1/2 quarts
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Add watermelon flesh to a large bowl. Crush it, using a potato masher or by pulsing with a blender (regular or immersion). You want to leave it with some texture and body. In Tonga, this used to be done by grating the watermelon with something like a fork.
  2. When you get the texture to where you like it, stir in the coconut milk and fresh squeezed lime juice.
  3. Otai is naturally sweet, tropical, and full of body. The little bursts of watermelon are the most fun, but watch out – they might clog your straw!

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