Summer heat waves are a springboard for wild, tropical fantasies. Refreshing, cool drinks quench hot weather thirst. Explore Polynesian island dreams with a traditional summertime beverage. Staying hydrated and replenished has never been tastier.
Alongside kava, otai is one of the most recognizable and defining drinks from Tonga.
Otai is a fruit drink which is usually made as a summertime refreshment. Sure, it can make an appearance at weddings and birthday parties, too. Let’ s all agree, if there is a celebration underway in Tonga or Samoa, likely that otai will be at the center of the punch bowl. That bowl may be the hollowed out portion of a watermelon half.
This blend of water and coconut milk takes it up a step with any variety of pulped tropical fruits. Coconut, watermelon, mango, and pineapple are typical. With watermelon so plentiful in Tonga, that choice is readily available.