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Bigelow Celebrate Iced Tea Month Sweepstakes Winners Announced

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Once again we are pleased to announce the winners below of our ‘Celebrate Iced Tea Month’ Sweepstakes! Please allow up to 30 days to contact you, confirm your mailing address and send you our iced teas. Congrats again and we hope our tea delights you!!

Doug from South Carolina

Cheryl from Pennsylvania

Margaret from California

Felicia from New York

Deb from New York

Martha from Texas

Pamela from British Columbia

Lissette from New York

Jeanne from South Dakota

Patricia from New Jersey

Wayne from Ontario

Tanya from Ontario

Denise from Utah

Tracy from Ohio

Kelly from Florida

Laura from Kentucky

Jonnie from Alberta

Stephanie from Arkansas

Julie from Washington

Tamara from Florida

Christine from New York

Melinda from Michigan


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Last Day To Enter ‘Celebrate Iced Tea Month With Bigelow’ Sweepstakes!

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Iced Tea Month is coming to an end, and is so is Bigelow Tea‘s June sweepstakes! Enter TODAY by midnight EST on Facebook (or use this link if you’re on a mobile device: http://woobox.com/bqu3cg ) for your chance to be one of the 22 lucky winners of 36 iced teas in these summer-ready flavors:

Iced Tea and Lemonade (6 tea bags) – For pure refreshment, indulge in the taste of rich black tea and sweet lemonade.

Iced Tea and Lemonade with Pomegranate (6 tea bags) – Pomegranate adds extra flavor to this lightly sweetened treat.

Perfect Peach Herbal Iced Tea (8 tea bags) – Captures the taste of ripe, juicy peaches. Unsweetened.

Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea (8 tea bags) – A blend created especially for fresh-brewed iced tea. Unsweetened.

Iced Green Tea with Pomegranate (8 tea bags) – Deliciously different and rich in antioxidants. Unsweetened.

Check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re among the winners, and be sure to enjoy fresh-brewed iced tea in your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors all summer and beyond for pure refreshment!

 

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Bigelow Looks Back at the History of Afternoon Tea

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A cup of Bigelow Tea is delicious any time of day, but there’s something classic and whimsical about sitting down for afternoon tea. The idea of afternoon tea is said to have originated in the early 1800s in England by Anna, the 7thDuchess of Bedford. Anna proposed having tea around four or five in the afternoon to ward off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. Some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread. These habits soon became popular at social gatherings and started a trend that survives to this day: afternoon tea!

Afternoon tea takes on many forms, but more formal events include teacakes and breads, fresh fruit, cucumber sandwiches, and scones with Devonshire cream and jam (with tea, of course).  Embrace the tradition by incorporating Bigelow Tea recipes like I Love Lemon® Quick Bread and Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad for extra fun and flavor. And, don’t forget the tea! Sip to your heart’s content with a ‘cuppa Bigelow Tea Earl Grey or a robust Darjeeling.

Whether you’re hosting guests or taking time to enjoy a “tea party for one” like @graceglimmersBigelow Tea has the perfect blend to make your afternoon tea a success!

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Celebrate Iced Tea Month With Bigelow Tea!

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It’s Iced Tea Month and this is when the Bigelow Tea family really enjoys creating iced tea combinations! All it takes is two of your favorite Bigelow Teas and a little imagination! A couple of Bigelow favorites are Green Tea and Red Raspberry Iced Tea and Cranberry Hibiscus and Orange & Spice® Iced Tea. Is your thirst quenching just thinking about these combos? And do you make your own mix-ups? Share your tasty suggestions!

If you don’t have time to brew your own, Bigelow Tea has a great, new solution coming soon: its new line of certified organic, brewed and bottled iced teas. Made from real organic tea leaves and natural flavor ingredients, Bigelow Home Blend Iced Teas come in five ready-to-drink flavors: Sweet Orchard Peach, Half & Half Tea/Lemonade, Citrus Pomegranate Green Tea, Mango Lychee Green Tea, and Simply Unsweetened.

For larger groups of people, be sure to check out the Bigelow Tea Iced Tea line. One box contains six family-size tea bags that each make a quart of perfectly blended tea. Try flavors like Iced Tea and Lemonade with PomegranatePerfect Peach® Herbal Iced TeaRed Raspberry™ Herbal Iced TeaGreen Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea, and Iced Tea and Lemonade for your next family picnic!

Yes, it’s Iced Tea Month, but the best thing about iced tea is that it’s at your fingertips all year long. One last suggestion: try @ewlarson546’s recommended treat of adding lemonade ice cubes and mint leaves to your glass of iced tea. Even more refreshing! Can’t you just hear that ice clinking? Happy Iced Tea Month!

Image via Cindy Manning

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Bigelow Tea Thinks Southern Belle Reese Witherspoon is a Peach

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Ask any Southerner about tea and they’ll likely tell you to put it over ice. Well, the Bigelow Tea family won’t argue with that! Bigelow Tea’s freshly-brewed iced teas have simple ingredients that make them family-friendly and a perfect choice for today’s healthy lifestyles. Easily made by the pitcher or by the glass on hot summer days — or all year ‘round— they are a flavorful, low-calorie, low-cost beverage option. Try Bigelow’s Iced Green Tea with Pomegranate!

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One Southern belle who loves her iced tea is actress, producer and all-American sweetheart Reese Witherspoon. Reese has been keeping busy: She’s launched a new lifestyle brand called Draper James; released a new movie, Hot Pursuit; hosted Saturday Night Live; and was nominated for a 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for the critically-acclaimed film Wild. And according to her editorial profile on Draper James, Reese does it all with a glass of sweet tea in her hand (it’s her favorite)! How about Bigelow Tea’s Perfect Peach Herbal Iced Tea or Green Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea? Bright, refreshing and an instant classic, just like Reese!

Twitter user @ArunaGee summed it up perfectly when she said, “A salute to iced tea season! Bigelow green and pomegranate iced tea.” Mmmm… Take a long sip and listen to the ice clink. Cheers!

Image by Red Carpet Report via Flickr

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Bigelow Tea Continues To Grow Its Sustainability Efforts

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Bigelow Tea is always thinking of new ways to reduce its impact on the environment, and in recognition of Earth Day 2015, the company participated in a number of employee generated activities at its Fairfield, CT headquarters. Check it out!

  • A new initiative called “Project Canopy” will encourage employees to donate their spare change. For every dollar raised, the Earth Day Network plants one tree.
  • Employees have been asked to participate in an energy reduction pledge and commit to reducing their driving mileage for one week.
  • A new “Teracycle” Zero Waste box will collect used writing instruments as an additional way to reduce the company’s solid waste that is not being recycled or reused.
  • For CT Rides week, employees saved 2000+ miles driven by biking to work or sharing rides.
  • The community garden at Bigelow Tea Headquarters was re-opened just in time for spring!

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zero-waste-to-landfill company, Bigelow Tea diverts 94 percent of its solid waste companywide, and 85 percent of its packaging is compostable, biodegradable or recyclable.

These are just a few ways Bigelow Tea and its dedicated employees are committed to protecting the environment. Bigelow Tea drinkers are also encouraged to recycle Bigelow tea bags and boxes. One Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Carol B. Brown, recommends, “Recycle the box. The used tea bags are excellent for your garden — they enrich the soil and are very easy to mix in.”

 

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Cooking With Bigelow Tea? There’s An App(etizer) For That!

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Looking for the perfect appetizer to kick off your next dinner party or event? Look no further than Bigelow Tea. These recipes for Lemon Lift English Cucumber Pickles and Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms combine the classic flavors of Bigelow Tea Lemon Lift and I Love Lemon® Herbal Tea with culinary staples sure to please any palate. And they’re vegetarian-friendly, too!

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Ingredients

  • 4 each English cucumber, large, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 8 Bigelow Lemon Lift Tea Bags

Instructions

Peel a strip of each side of cucumber and slice 1/4″ thick round.
Heat vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil and add tea bags and let steep five minutes.
Add cucumbers to hot vinegar mixture, stir and let cool.
Package and refrigerate.

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Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms

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Ingredients

  • 6 large Portobello mushrooms
  • Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250mL) extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Clean mushrooms with a soft brush and remove stems. Set aside. Place 8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags into a measuring cup and pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Mix together tea, coriander, pepper and salt and gradually whisk in olive oil. Place mushrooms in a zip lock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms. In refrigerator, let marinade for up to 24 hours. When ready to grill, place mushrooms on preheated grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until tender, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Slice mushrooms and place on salad greens, or serve as an appetizer. They also go very well with steak.

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Bigelow Toasts Tea-Loving Actress Gina Rodriguez

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Bigelow Tea loves commenting on celebrities who enjoy tea. Actress Gina Rodriguez, star of TV’s Jane the Virgin sees tea as an all-occasion beverage. She “had a cuppa” with the likes of Gerald McRaney from House of Cards at a pre-Golden Globes party earlier this year. Rodriguez commented, “I actually need tea right now because of my throat.”

Whether you’re on the red carpet or celebrating something special at home, grab a cup of tea and toast to success!

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Image by Richard Sandoval via Flickr.com

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Looking Back Through the Years of Bigelow Tea for Family History Day

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The year was 1945, and Ruth Campbell Bigelow spent weeks blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices. Soon she emerged with the first cup of what we now know as “Constant Comment®.” Three generations and 70 years later, Bigelow Tea remains family-owned and operated, and is the #1 specialty tea company in the country. Given that Family History Day is this Sunday, June 14, there’s no better time to celebrate the history of Bigelow Tea!

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After creating “Constant Comment,” Ruth began to sell it from store to store. One day, a shopkeeper shared that he had opened a container of Ruth’s tea to allow his consumers to enjoy the amazing aroma. “One whiff and they were sold!” he exclaimed. Ruth immediately started including an “extra” little jar of “Constant Comment” labeled “open and whiff” with each case shipped. Stores across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers. It was a defining moment that helped Bigelow Tea grow and succeed, and to this day, Bigelow Tea fans like @joelance comment on the blend’s sweet and spicy aroma.

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This weekend, take a minute to learn some of your family history either by calling a family member or researching your ancestry online. There’s no better way to discover the defining moments of your family than over a mug of Bigelow Tea.

Top image via @homecookingmemories

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates A Record-Breaking Iced Tea Day

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Iced Tea Day 2015 is here, and Bigelow Tea is going big this year to celebrate the singular summertime pleasure of fresh-brewed tea over ice! Excitement has indeed been brewing as the Town of Summerville, S.C., the birthplace of sweet tea, today attempts to shatter the Guinness World Records for the largest glass of iced tea, using 116 pounds of tea leaves from Bigelow’s Charleston Tea Garden!

Our shared goal is to make a 1,400-gallon, nearly 12-foot “glass” of iced tea (once it’s decorated with a straw, a lid and a lemon!) sweetened with 2,100 pounds of local sugar to create sweet tea, the South’s preferred version of iced tea, chilled to a cool 42◦ with 2,800 pounds of ice. A record-smashing tea party is planned for this evening in Summerville, after the Guinness adjudicator verifies the new world record.

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Adding to the fun for Bigelow Tea is the special connection the company has to both the Charleston Tea Garden and Summerville. Acquired in 2003 by Eunice and David Bigelow and the family-owned #1 specialty tea company (now in its 70th year), the Charleston Tea Garden is a 120-acre working tea farm located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston.  The tea plants that thrive in the lush fields were transplanted there in 1963 from the former Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville.  Today, the Charleston Tea Garden grows 100% American-grown tea — without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides — that goes into the making of gluten-free, non-GMO American Classic Tea® and Charleston Tea Plantation loose and bagged teas.

Bigelow Tea is proud to be a part of the rich history of tea in America and thrilled to support Summerville’s epic tea party! Happy Iced Tea Day!

 

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