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Shake Up Your Next Party with Bigelow Tea’s “Constant Comment” Cosmo!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

For Bigelow Tea third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow, it’s not a party unless there’s tea involved! And entertaining (especially during the holidays!) is even more fun when you can blend your favorite Bigelow teas into new recipes. We have some awesome entertaining tips to help inspire your inner tea party host which includes making the most delicious (and unique) Cosmo cocktail just in time for your company to arrive…the secret is using our “Constant Comment” tea as the base (a flavor created over 70 years ago by Cindi’s grandmother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow). Watch Cindi prepare these delicious “Constant Comment” Cosmos and follow along with our simple recipe!

Ingredients

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  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • Garnish with orange twist

Instructions

Place Bigelow “Constant Comment®” tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water and cinnamon stick, let brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and cinnamon stick, add sugar and orange juice and stir. Chill 20-30 minutes in the freezer. Place cooled sweet tea mixture and 4 ounces of vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist. To make one Cosmo, place two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with 1 ounce vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

Make A “Constant Comment®” Cosmo With Bigelow Tea & Cindi Bigelow

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

What do you get when you combine cocktails and tea? A refreshing but slightly naugh-TEAbeverage! In this episode of Tea Time with Cindi Bigelow on the HooplaHa network, the 3rdgeneration Bigelow Tea President & CEO is back in her own kitchen mixin’ up “Constant Comment®” Cosmos. So, whether it’s a quiet evening of catching up with a special someone or a raucous girls night in, this is the perfect Cosmopolitan recipe featuring Bigelow Tea. You can mix it up in minutes, leaving lots of quality time for catching up with your favorite peeps andconstantly commenting on how yummy your drink is!
 

Shaking Up The Cosmo

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Its hard to visit a fine restaurant without seeing a Cosmo. Since the HBO hit “Sex and the City,” the Cosmo has been the rage. In fact, the Cosmo has become a bit of a trendsetter and inspiration. Mixologists at the trendiest eateries outdo themselves looking to create the hippest, most ingenious innovation on this popular drink.

One variation is quickly becoming the toast of the trendy set. It’s the “Constant Comment” Cosmo and it’s showing up at chic bars, holiday parties and everywhere the fashionable crowd can be found. The new cocktail is made with Bigelow “Constant Comment” tea, sugar, orange juice and vodka.

“This cosmopolitan is the perfect blend of spice, sweet and fun,” says Cindi Bigelow, a third-generation Bigelow family member and Bigelow Tea’s co-president.

Try the recipe for yourself.

Constant Comment Cosmo

“Constant Comment” Cosmo

Ingredients:
6 Bigelow “Constant Comment” tea bags
11/4 cups (310mL) boiling water
1/3 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons (30mL) sugar
4 ounces (120mL) vodka
1/4 cup (60mL) fresh orange juice

Instructions:
Place Bigelow “Constant Comment” tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1-1/4 cups boiling water and cinnamon stick, let brew five minutes. Remove tea bags and cinnamon stick, add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

To make Cosmo, mix 2 ounces of the cooled sweet tea with 1 ounce vodka and 1 tablespoon orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with a strip of orange zest and cinnamon stick if desired.

Yield: Serves 4. Share with friends!

To the Future!

The hit TV show “Sex and the City,” is now being shown in reruns around the world and seems like it will be around forever. This refreshing new drink might just do the same. Share a “Constant Comment” Cosmo with someone from another generation. If you do, discuss how this drink has roots in the ancient practice of tea drinking and the modern-day, big city. Not many things that bridge generations so gracefully are also so hip and delicious for people to share. Enjoy!

Bigelow Tea Brings The Flavors of Fall To The Table

Friday, October 7th, 2016

bigelow-tea-seasonal-tea-recipesHere at Bigelow Tea, autumn is a much-adored season. What’s not to love about cozy, cuddly sweaters worn on crisp New England days, strolling through vibrantly-colored leaves in every shade of russet and auburn, and of course—the season’s bounty of flavors! To us, Fall means biting into a big juicy apple, savoring a home baked pie, and warming up with hearty meals featuring all the season’s tastiest root vegetables, such as squash and pumpkin. We are thrilled to offer so many fall-themed flavors in our tea repertoire. As well as being a delight to sip, autumn-inspired teas are truly tasty when incorporated into recipes. We wanted to share this menu for a complete harvest-themed dinner that brings in all the savory flavors of the season and celebrates this wonderful time of year.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

Toast to fall fun with the luscious taste of pomegranate. This deliciously tangy fruit is at its peak during the fall harvest and makes a fabulous flavor for a fall cocktail.

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Ingredients

Instructions

Place tea bags into measuring cup and add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar and blend well. Refrigerate until cold. For one drink: Pour 2 ounces of the cooled sweetened tea, 1 ounce vodka, 1 teaspoon lime juice and ½ ounce Triple Sec into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into serving glass.

Roast Loin of Pork with Spiced Apple Cider Apples

Enjoy this succulent yet hearty dish that features the festive zest of spiced apples.

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Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups (975mL) boiling water, divided
  • 1 box Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
  • 2 ½ lb. (1kg) pork loin roast
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Apple Garnish:
  • 4 large firm cooking apples, peeled and cut into slices
  • (example: Fuji, Granny Smith, Cortland)
  • 1 cup (250mL) reserved (from above) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) brown sugar

Instructions

Boil water and add 20 Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal tea bags. Let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove bags by squeezing well and discard. Make slits in the roast and insert garlic slices. Combine 2 ½ cups (625mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea with olive oil, bay leaves and salt and pepper in a large plastic bag, add pork roast and marinate for 8 hours or overnight in refrigerator. Refrigerate 1 cup (250mL) reserved Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea for Apple Garnish. When ready to roast pork, preheat over to 350ºF (180ºC). Remove meat from marinade, place meat in roasting pan and put into oven and roast for approximately 60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink inside and thermometer reads 160ºF (71ºC). Meanwhile, prepare apple garnish by combining reserved 1 cup (250mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea and brown sugar, place in large skillet, add apple slices and cook on medium heat until liquid has reduced and apple is tender and flavored with tea. Serve slices of pork with apple garnish.

Mashed Acorn Squash with Apple Cider Herb Tea

Squash is in abundance during autumn—take advantage of it at its peak in this tasty side dish.

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Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
  • 4 lbs. acorn squash (about 4 medium or 2 large), cut in half and seeds removed
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400º and place oven rack on middle setting. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and arrange the acorn squash cut-side down on the pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until flesh is soft. Allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, combine hot water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and discard. Set aside. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh of the acorn squash and place in large bowl. Mash with a fork. Add ½ cup of the tea, brown sugar, butter and salt, and stir to combine, making sure the liquid is absorbed. Add more tea (1 tablespoon at a time) if the puree is too stiff. Check seasonings, and add more salt if necessary. Serve hot.

Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

Looking for a luscious end to a festive meal? This warming and filling dessert is the ultimate comfort food treat.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • Bigelow Salted Carmel Tea Bags
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter
  • Pinch Of Salt
  • 8 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk, More If Needed
  • Dash Of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  • Caramel Sauce

Instructions

Steep your 2 bags of Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea in the 2 cups of water.
In a medium saucepan or pot, combine the rice, tea steeped water, milk, cream, butter, and salt. Bring it to a gentle boil, then cover the pot, reduce it to low, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring twice during this stage.
Remove the pot from the stove and add the sweetened condensed milk, and cinnamon.
Return to low heat for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
Remove the pot from the stove and slowly drizzle in the beaten egg, stirring constantly.
Serve immediately in a small bowl. Drizzle with a little store bought caramel sauce and a sprinkle of salt to really put it over the top.
We want to know: What is your favorite way to celebrate fall? Share it here!

Bigelow Wants To Know Your Favorite “Naught-TEA” Cocktail!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Bigelow Tea has the perfect ingredients to make your gatherings with friends and family more festive. We’ve been blending fine quality teas for over 70 years and have created exciting cocktail recipes, which we like to call “Naught-TEAS”, using our teas to add a twist to classic drinks. These recipes are simple, as demonstrated in a short video featuring third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow as she shows us how to mix a delicious “Constant Comment®” Cosmo.

Whether you follow this recipe or try one of our other creative cocktails, such as our Blueberry and Pomegranate Sparkler, our I Love Lemon Gimlet, our Mellow Limoncello Sparkler or another variation on the Cosmo, our Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, serving cocktails made with our teas will add pizzazz to your next party or get-together. These recipes may even turn you into a cocktail connoisseur and inspire you to create your own exciting naught-TEA cocktails which we hope you will share with us! In the meantime, take our “Naught-TEA” cocktail survey and let us know which your favorite is (and if you haven’t tried any, let us know which recipe sounds the most delicious to you).

Happy tea cocktailing!

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Pomegranate Month with Pizzazz

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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It’s raining pomegranates here at Bigelow Tea! November is Pomegranate Month and we’re going all out for this sweet celebration. Tea fans are buzzing about Bigelow Tea’s naugh-tea cocktails, roasted pork chops, and other delightful recipes made with Pomegranate Pizzazz. When you aren’t cooking, Bigelow Tea makes it easy to take this pomegranate obsession anywhere. Tea fan @TatyanaAssata considers tea a survival tool and brings a steaming mug to her desk for writing sessions.

If you’re looking to share the Pomegranate Month love with friends, make a cup of Green Tea with Pomegranate and head to the kitchen… everyone will love these dishes!

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

(Pictured, above)

Ingredients

Instructions

Place tea bags into measuring cup and add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar and blend well. Refrigerate until cold. For one drink: Pour 2 ounces of the cooled sweetened tea, 1 ounce vodka, 1 teaspoon lime juice and ½ ounce Triple Sec into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into serving glass.

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Roasted Pork Chops Pomegranate Pizzazz ® over Mashed Plantains 

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups of water
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, mashed
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 10 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz ® Herbal tea bags
  • 4 (¾ inch thick) rib pork chops 8-10 ounces each (about 2 pounds total)
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • 4 large yellow plantains, rinsed and sliced into 2-inch chunks with peel on
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large shallots, diced (about ½ cup)
  • Salt and pepper 

Instructions

Combine water, salt, honey, garlic, rosemary and peppercorns in a large pot, cover and bring to a fast boil. Remove from heat. Add 5 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® herbal tea bags. Steep 20 minutes. Remove tea bags from brine, extracting as much liquid as possible. Allow to cool and chill until ready to use. The brine should be completely cold before adding the pork chops. Combine pork chops and brine solution in a large plastic bag, Chops should be completely submerged. Place the sealed bag in a large glass bowl or container and refrigerate, at least 2 hours or up to 4 hours. Plantains Directions: Put plantains in a heavy saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a rolling boil. Lower to medium heat and simmer covered until the plantains are tender and peeking out of the peel, about 20 minutes. Drain plantains, reserving cooking liquid. When cool enough to handle, peel and mash the plantains until smooth, adding cooking liquid as needed. Set aside. Remove the pork chops from the brine, rinse and pat dry. Discard brine solution. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Working in two batches, carefully add pork chops to skillet and brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer seared pork chops to a baking pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Add 5 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® herbal tea bags to boiled water. Steep 5-8 minutes. Remove tea bags, extracting as much liquid as possible. Add brewed tea, orange juice and brown sugar to the skillet and simmer until reduced by about half. Pour sauce over pork chops and place the baking pan in preheated oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally registers 150°F, 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting. While the pork chops roast, wipe the skillet clean and heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté about 3 minutes. Add the plantains and sauté until heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the pork chops over the mashed plantains. Pour sauce over pork and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

 

Bigelow Tea Likes “Pete Campbell” Of TV’s Mad Men!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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At Bigelow Tea we do watch a little television now and then … and we’re mesmerized by the non-stop drama and fast paced deals that take place every week on the stylish AMC drama Mad MenThe show’s charm lies largely in the fascinating characters that roam throughout the 1960s-era show, from the dashing “Don Draper” (Jon Hamm) to the young but up-and-coming Pete Campbell, played by Vincent Kartheiser. The whole cast brings excitement to the storylines but it’s Mr. Kartheiser we’re looking at today, because while his character pulls in big business for the company, in real life the actor loves his tea!

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On Mad Men Vincent plays a baby-faced exec who gives his all for the firm, but at such a cost. He’s lost his wife, lost clients and lost his youth … all while taking a back seat to the ever-dashing Don Draper. Thanks goodness the actor’s real lifestyle is more relaxed and casual! In an interview in Ad Age Media News, Mr. Kartheiser sat in a Manhattan hotel room answering questions between sips of tea with honey.

And while we adore hot tea with honey, the Mad Men offices are all about cocktails! So, Bigelow Tea suggests blending the best of both worlds by making one of our inspiring Bigelow Tea cocktails. One of our mar-TEA-nis would be appropriate, like our White Chocolate Obsession Mar-TEA-ni or our very sophisticated“Constant Comment”® Cosmo (recipe below). Either, when served in an elegant martini glass, would be the perfect beverage to serve at your next Mad Men party! 

“Constant Comment” Cosmo

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Ingredients:

Bigelow “Constant Comment” Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups boiling water
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces vodka
¼ cup fresh orange juice
Garnish with orange twist

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place Bigelow “Constant Comment” tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water and cinnamon stick, let brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and cinnamon stick, add sugar and orange juice and stir. Chill 20-30 minutes in the freezer.

Place cooled sweet tea mixture and 4 ounces of vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

To make one Cosmo, place two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with 1 ounce vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

Image 1 by Jeffery via Flickr.com
Image 2 via Ad Age Media News

Bigelow Tea Celebrates The Power Of Friendship

Monday, August 5th, 2013

btmondayYesterday, August 4th, was International Friendship Day – a great reminder to make time for friends at every stage of life. Although the demands of school, career and family often take top priority, it’s important to recognize the myriad ways friends enrich our lives. By keeping us socially and emotionally connected, friends are actually good for our healthBigelow Tea believes in the power of friendship and heartily recommends bonding over a cup of tea. So grab a BFF – or two – and put the kettle on to celebrate all the laughs and tears you’ve shared!

Whether you have just a few close chums or a vast circle of friends, let them know how much they mean to you. Summer is the perfect time to invite friends over for an outdoor gathering that includes plenty of iced tea in a rainbow of flavors and colors. The icy pitchers look gorgeous on the table! Our quart-size tea bags are super convenient, but don’t forget that it’s simple to brew iced tea by the pitcher with our regular tea bags as well.  Try our Winning Combination: Green Tea with Mango and Perfect Peach Iced Tea in honor of National Peach Month!

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Sharing a signature cocktail is another special treat for friends. May we suggest a toast to friendship with our Green Tea FruiTEA Cosmopolitan! Delish! Of course, sometimes the quietest moments are the most meaningful among the best of friends – when a wordless glance exchanged over a cup of tea brings a sense of peace and belonging. We hope your cup is always full of love from cherished friends!

Image by Pepe Pont via Flickr.com

For Hot Tea Month, Cindi Bigelow Shares Tips For Cooking With “Constant Comment”® Tea

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Here at Bigelow Tea, it’s all about family, and nothing brings a family closer than cooking together in the kitchen. In fact, it was right in a family kitchen where our company began! More than 65 years ago Ruth Campbell Bigelow formulated “Constant Comment”® in her home kitchen, creating the very first Bigelow Tea flavor.  With its delicious blend of spices and orange peel, “Constant Comment” became an instant classic.

Your family can also enjoy togetherness courtesy of “Constant Comment” tea by using it in scrumptious recipes. In this video, Cindi Bigelow shares some of the ways you and your loved ones can cook using “Constant Comment” tea.

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Whether you prepare a “Constant Comment”® Cosmo“Constant Comment”® Cupcakes or something else, we believe that if you make it with your family, you’ll be creating memories as well as a tasty treat!

Your Bigelow Tea Holiday Cocktail Guide!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
 With the new year on the way, it’s time to say “cheers” with some extra-special libations from Bigelow Tea! Perhaps you’ll be hosting a fancy open house, a small cocktail party or an intimate family dinner. Whatever your plans may be, we hope you’ll consider including a Bigelow Tea-inspired beverage or two on the menu. Indeed, nothing is more festive or welcoming to guests than a Pomegranate Cosmopolitan or steaming cup of Eggnogg’n Buttered Rum! Check out all our wonderful drink recipes, including nonalcoholic options, and make Bigelow Tea a part of your New Year’s tradition!

Here are two excellent recipes to start with!

Constant Comment Cosmo

Ingredients:

Bigelow Constant Comment Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups boiling water
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces vodka
¼ cup fresh orange juice
Garnish with orange twist

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

Place Bigelow “Constant Comment®” tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water and cinnamon stick, let brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and cinnamon stick, add sugar and orange juice and stir. Chill 20-30 minutes in the freezer.

Place cooled sweet tea mixture and 4 ounces of vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

To make one Cosmo, place two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with 1 ounce vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

Orange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

4 cups red table wine
Bigelow Orange & Spice® Herb Tea Bags
½ cup light brown sugar
1 bay leaf

Yield: 8 4-oz. servings

 

Instructions:

Try a Bigelow “Naughteas” Cocktail – a drink made using Bigelow Orange and Spice tea and alcohol.

Place red wine in a medium saucepan and heat to simmer. (DO NOT BOIL.) Add tea bags and let sit over low heat for 30 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Add sugar and bay leaf, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let wine sit over low heat for another 10 minutes, then remove bay leaf. Reheat and serve as needed.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:

Calories 137
Total Fat 0g
Protein 0g
Carbohydrates 15.4g
Fiber 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 11.2mg
Potassium 180.1mg