Watermelon and Basil ‘Otai

By
Taylor Pelton
Yield
8 to 10 servings
Time
25 minutes
Said to have originated on the Polynesian Island of Tonga, this refreshing watermelon and coconut punch is the perfect pick-me-up after a long day in the Hawaiian sun. Typically made with evaporated or condensed milk, we’ve opted instead for the exceedingly delicious Nature’s Charm Condensed Coconut Milk for just a touch of plant-based cholesterol-free sweetness. That along with a handful of our fragrant sweet basil and a healthy splash of calamansi juice make this Polynesian punch truly delightful.
Watermelon and Basil ‘Otai
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cubed pineapple
  • 1/4 cup Nature’s Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
  • Zest of 1 calamansi or lime
  • Juice of 3 calamansis or limes (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups grated watermelon (about 1/2 large watermelon)
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
Preparation

Step 1

Begin by adding the basil leaves, fresh pineapple, condensed coconut milk, calamansi zest and juice, and salt, to a blender or food processor and gently pulse until combined but still chunky.

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine the pineapple mixture, grated watermelon, and crushed ice, and stir in the coconut milk. Serve immediately. Alternatively, keep cold in the refrigerator and add ice just before serving.