Watermelon Otai For A Crowd

Every summer get-together deserves a great party punch.  When my husband’s aunt and uncle invited us to their farm for a little family reunion yesterday, I asked if we could make Watermelon Otai.  Otai is something we usually seem to have at big family parties with my husband’s side of the family.  Everyone loves it, so of course it was a welcome addition to the party.

Yesterday was also Pioneer Day in Utah.  And that’s another reason for us to enjoy being together as a family.

We piled into our car and drove to the farm to spend the day together enjoying the nice weather and the fun things to do in the small town nearby.  (We even went to our first demolition derby!)

No family reunion is complete (in my mind) without a BBQ.  Uncle Kevin manned the grill while we made Watermelon Otai in the kitchen.

Baby E and her mom, Allison enjoying Watermelon Otai

Watermelon Otai is simple and quick to make and very refreshing on a hot summer day.

Cut a large watermelon in half and use a spoon, or preferably a fork, to shred the inside of the watermelon.
Add pineapple juice, crushed pineapple, coconut milk, and ice.  That’s it!
Stir together and taste.  Add more pineapple juice or coconut milk until it tastes just right.

Try it out and let me know what you think!  I’m pretty sure you’ll love it as much as our family does.

Watermelon Otai


1/2 large watermelon
1 large can crushed pineapple
a few cups pineapple juice
1 can coconut milk (or sweetened coconut cream like Coco Lopez)
sugar, to taste (optional)
crushed ice


Using a spoon, or preferably a fork, scrape the inside of the watermelon into small shreds or chunks and place in a large punch bowl. Add the other ingredients and taste. Adjust as needed to taste. Ladle into cups and serve.

Yield varies depending on the size of the watermelon, but makes enough for a crowd.

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  1. oh yum! reminds me of mexican aguas frescas that i have been so craving lately!!! i buy watermelons and eat them almost entirely on my own!!! that’s what i crave this pregnancy!!! i responded to your comment on my blog! fun connections!!! bises xoxo

  2. What a sweet family you have! I’ll try Watermelon Otai with my family this weekend. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. What a fun post! My kiddo would love this. Me too :) Loved FINALLY meeting you last night and your beautiful family too!

  4. I will try this! My husband isn’t a big watermelon guy so I will try it at my Moms house. Looks delish.

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