Au Tai (tongan Fruit Beverage) Recipe

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Au Tai (Tongan Fruit Beverage)

Amy Alusa

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@amyalulsa

As I became familiar with my former husband's family-before he was "former", I got to drink "Au Tai" pronounce "Ow tie". It is common in Tongan households to have a pitcher of this drink in the refrigerator, all times of the year, but especially in the summer. It is absolutely delicious. It is a little bit of a chunky beverage, but the chunks are small and are a refreshing treat. This is a somewhat labor intensive drink, but you'll find it is incredibly refreshing; and well worth the effort. My family and friends love it.


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Serves:

1 gallon

Prep:

1 Hr

Ingredients

1 large
watermelon
1 large
coconut, freshly grated (you may use frozen, but not commercially bagged
1 large
pineapple, cored, grated (if you need to, you can use canned with juice)
1 c
half and half
3 Tbsp
granulated sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cut watermelon in half. Scoop out the melon from the shell, using a regular or soup spoon (pieces need to be bite sized or smaller.) Do not include seeds. Put melon meat and juice into a gallon pitcher.
2
Cut open the coconut shell, remove meat and grate. Put coconut meat into the gallon pitcher.
3
Core and remove outside of pineapple, and grate the pineapple meat; or add can of pineapple (crushed and juice). Pour into the pitcher.
4
Add half and half and sugar. Stir well. Fill pitcher to the top with cold water. Stir well. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
5
During the off season, you can use 6-8 mangos and 6-8 apples in lieu of the watermelon. You still need the pineapple,coconut, etc.though.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian