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Bigelow Tea Is Chillin’ and Grillin’ During BBQ Month

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Pour yourself a cold one—a tall glass of Bigelow Tea on ice—and fire up the grill because it’s National Barbeque Month! The grill gurus at Bigelow Tea have cooked up some mouth-watering recipes for you to try this May, and here are two favorites: lamb kebabs marinated in “Constant Comment”® for meat lovers and lemon Portobello mushrooms for the veggie fans out there. Be sure to post selfies by the grill on Facebook and, like @JoySlavens who posted that she loves “brats and onions,” tell us what you’re grilling!

Lamb Kebabs With Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags

¾ cup (180mL) hot water
½ cup (125mL) honey
2 tsp. (10mL) cumin
½ tsp. (2.5mL) ground cloves
20 – 1½ inch (4.5cm) cubes boneless leg of lamb
3 medium sweet potatoes
4 metal or wooden skewers (wooden skewers must be soaked for at least 1 hour)
Dash of salt
¼ cup (60mL) butter

Yield: Serves 4 – Prep Time: 20 minutes – Cook Time: 15-20 minutes.

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Instructions:

Brew Constant Comment® tea bags in ¾-cup (180mL) hot water. Remove tea bags and discard, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible; add honey, cumin and ground cloves and mix well.
Place lamb cubes in large glass casserole and pour tea mixture over lamb. Mix well and set aside.
Pierce sweet potatoes and microwave on high until tender 10-12 minutes, turning once (time will vary according to microwave).
Meanwhile, thread 5 pieces of lamb onto each skewer. Sprinkle with a little salt and brush with marinade. Preheat broiler; broil lamb, brushing with marinade, 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked to medium.
Remove pulp from sweet potatoes and mash with butter. Keep warm on low in microwave. To serve, divide sweet potatoes into four servings, top with skewers of lamb.

Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms

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

Yield: Serves 6 – Prep Time 10 mins. – Marinating Time 24 hrs – Cook Time 8-10 min

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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.

 

Drink Water And Bigelow Tea For Hydration

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Bigelow Tea is tapping into facts about hydration during National Drinking Water Week! With summer just around the corner, this week is a good time to remember how important it is to conserve water and to drink it up!

Water is essential, helping to control body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate. It also keeps skin, hair and nails healthy. While individual fluid needs vary, everyone should increase intake after exercising or spending time in the heat. But if you find it hard to drink enough water, then grab your tea kettle. That’s right, tea is great for hydration and counts toward your total fluid intake!

Nothing hits the spot on a hot day like fresh-brewed iced tea, so why not keep a pitcher on hand in the fridge? Check out these brewing tips. Any Bigelow Tea tastes great over ice. Instagram fan @Jennylynne77 recommends Earl Grey! For more inspiration, here are some yummy Bigelow Tea iced tea recipes to try.

By all means, drink plenty of water, but isn’t it nice to know you can mix things up with your favorite Bigelow tea? Enjoy!
 

“Tea” Off With The Masters And Bigelow Tea

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TEA-time takes on a whole new meaning for Bigelow Tea as The Masters golf tournament kicks into high gear.  Whether you’re lucky enough to attend the actual event in Augusta, or are simply watching it on the big screen at home, the cheering and excitement will make you thirsty! In the spirit of the sport—and to honor the man who has won 4 green jackets at the Masters—you may be in the mood to swig a few Arnold Palmer-inspired drinks (beverages that use both lemonade and iced tea). With a few bags of Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate, you can enjoy a wonderfully chilled pitcher of oh-so refreshing “Sangri-Tea-ahh.” Tea lovers like @PatrickEhland enjoy Bigelow Tea either hot or iced, so give this recipe a try with some friends and tweet all about it!  #JustAddBigelow!

Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade (Red)

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Ingredients:

4 cups boiling water
2 bag Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups fresh fruit including oranges, lemons, peaches and apples (Red, Fuji, or both) cut into bite sized pieces
½ cup Brandy
½ -1 liter of any flavor sparkling seltzer water
1-750mL bottle of Merlot

Instructions:

Place tea bags in a 4-cup glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add brandy and fruit to tea concentrate. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to one day for a stronger flavor).  When ready to serve, combine chilled mixture with wine and sparkling seltzer water. Pour into ice filled pitcher.

Yield:  4 servings
Prep Time:  15-20 minutes
Chill Time:  1 hour or overnight
 

Bigelow Tea Eats Right During National Nutrition Month

 Bigelow Tea Eats Right During National Nutrition Month 

The Bigelow Tea family knows that big flavors make for the best tastes! March’s National Nutrition Month is a great time to remember that food that’s “good for you” can (and should!) be tasty too. That way, you’ll keep coming back for more!

Whether it’s a ripe, juicy apple baked with a dash of cinnamon or a bag of baby spinach sautéed in a bit of olive oil and garlic, mouth-watering flavors can be part of National Nutrition Month. Some wholesome and delicious recipes featuring Bigelow Tea can be found on the Bigelow Tea Pinterest recipe board! See what you like and give one—or more—of the recipes a try! Susan Davis, Nikki Allen, Dianne Brown, and Phil Egan all repinned our Bigelow Tea Mint Tabouleh Salad with Feta, Cucumber and Olives—a popular share!

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And what you drink is as important as what you eat. Hot or chilled, tea keeps you hydrated and compliments any meal. Which #BigelowTea is the key for your #dailycup?

Top image from Instagram via @devinitelyme

Bigelow Tea Welcomes Spring!

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Spring starts officially tomorrow, woohoo! Goodbye snow and hello springtime flowers. As the days grow longer and the warm sun dazzles the senses, Bigelow Tea thinks it’s time to trade those fuzzy boots for sandals and add ice to that delightful Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai or any flavor that you prefer…ice your favorite or combine flavors to celebrate the new season.

Bigelow Tea fans like Facebook friend Staci have been having Sweet Dreams of sunshine throughout this long, cold winter. Take advantage of warmer days by heading outside with your best friends to enjoy a nice chat and your favorite Bigelow Tea on ice. Looking to make the perfect cup of iced tea? Third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow offers great how-to tips in this video:

Or, if you want a cool, upscale and slightly naugh-TEA sip, this I Love Lemon Gin Fizz recipe is for you. For a few more springtime entertainment tips, head over to the Bigelow Tea Pinterest board dedicated to tea parties.

What is your favorite springtime Bigelow Tea?

Image thanks to @bohobunnie

Celebrate the Green of St. Patrick’s Day with Bigelow Tea’s Greenie Martini

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day and every March the Bigelow Tea family goes #green in the kitchen. While many think of St. Patrick’s Day as a time to add green food coloring to beer, Bigelow Tea has a mean Greenie Martini recipe featuring the unique and delicious blend of Green Tea with Pomegranate. It’s easy to make, and smooth to sip. As @Alex_Rice23 on Instagram mentioned, there’s always time for a green tea martini.

Enough TEAsing! Here are video instructions by third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow and the recipe for you to celebrate going #green:

Greenie Mar-TEA-ni – Sweetened with Agave

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags (or any flavored Bigelow Green Tea)
1¼ cups boiling water
2 teaspoons agave nectar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add agave nectar and stir until it dissolves.

To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Photo by Alex_Rice23 via Instagram

Trending In Your Kitchen: Bigelow Tea’s Warm Winter Meals

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Are you so over this bone chillin’ winter? The weather app’s forecast is cold, cold and (yep) more cold. So warm up with these homemade meals made with Bigelow Tea and wholesome ingredients like leeks and lentils. They’ll remind you of cozy Sunday dinners with the family.

If you like to cook—like @Curly_Sue22, who cooks at college with her beloved slow cooker, affectionately nicknamed Elsa— you’ll really want to give these recipes a try. They are hearty, easy and perfect for any kitchen (even a dorm kitchen, Curly_Sue22)!

So get the family or friends together and share the warmth. #JustAddBigelow! #BigelowFamily

Pork, Fennel and Leek Casserole

Ingredients:

1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
1 cup (250mL) water
Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags
¾ cup (180mL) boiling water
¾ cup (180mL) apple juice
1 tablespoon (15mL) butter
1 small fennel bulb
3 leeks, cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 pound (500g) pork tenderloin, cut into medallions
¼ cup (60mL) flour
1 tablespoon (15mL) olive oil
1 – 10 ounces (280g) package of frozen peas
12 mini potatoes, unpeeled and cut into chunks
2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
½ cup (125mL) mint leaves, chopped

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Make Constant Comment  tea with ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water, discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible. Add chicken stock and set aside.

Melt butter in large skillet and add fennel and leeks and saute gently for 4-5 minutes or until soft, don’t brown. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Add pork to large plastic bag; add flour, season with salt and pepper, and toss until pork is well coated.

Add olive oil to large skillet and brown the pork in batches over medium heat. Remove pork and add apple juice, increase heat and stir up the brown bits from the bottom. Add the tea mixture and boil, add pork, fennel, leeks and potatoes.

Cover and place in oven. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and add peas, mix cornstarch with a little cold water to make a paste and add slowly to hot liquid. Return to oven and continue cooking until sauce thickens.

Season with salt and pepper if needed and garnish with chopped mint leaves.

Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon

Ingredients:

4 cups hot water
Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick® Tea Bags
½ lb. dried brown lentils, rinsed well
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 lbs chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 – 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes in sauce
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup dry roasted almonds, roughly chopped
3 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

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Instructions:

Combine four cups hot water and four Cinnamon Stick® tea bags and allow to steep for approximately 5-7 minutes. Add tea and lentils to a large stew pot. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender.

Remove to a large bowl and set aside. In the same pot, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic until softened. Add cut-up chicken and cook until cooked through and no longer pink inside (about 10 minutes). Add diced tomatoes and cooked lentils to the pan and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

Add chopped almonds and parsley and serve.

Top photo by Chad Miller via Flickr.com

One Direction Loves Bigelow Tea Backstage On Tour

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Last summer, we wrote about British heartthrob Liam Payne’s love of tea and how we can’t wait for him to try our very own English Breakfast Tea. Turns out, the entire band, One Direction, is now enjoying Bigelow Tea backstage while touring. While in Mexico City, elgolfo.info asked a One Direction team member which drinks and snacks were indispensible … and Bigelow Tea topped the list: Por ejemplo, los alimentos enumerados como indispensables para el grupo son Bigelow Tea.”

Whether Liam and the rest of the boys—Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson—are performing in Mexico or here in the United States, we know that Bigelow Tea will be an important element of their pre-show ritual. They’re Brits, after all … and tea time is a big part of life across the pond!

And while many of 1D’s fans are teens and tweens, we think that their adult fans might enjoy a Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni while listening to the group’s hit, Kiss You! It contains our White Chocolate Obsession tea, and we know that many “Directioners” are obsessed with these lads! This recipe, of course, can easily be made alcohol free.

Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:

Bigelow® White Chocolate Obsession Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup cocoa powder (optional)
4 ounces vanilla vodka
4 ounces whipping cream

Yield: Serves 4

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Instructions:

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

Prepare martini glasses by wetting the rim and dipping in a shallow dish of cocoa powder.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with one ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Photo by Eva Rinaldi via Flickr.com

Bringing Swanky Back: Bigelow Tea’s New Year’s Cocktail

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This New Year’s Eve your hottest accessory could very well be a cool cocktail. Just holding a fancy glass filled with a ruby-colored beverage can make you feel a little glam! Here’s a link to some yummy drinks made with Bigelow Tea for the over-21 crowd, and below is an especially festive one! It features tart and tasty pomegranate, a posh fruit indeed. So channel your inner mixologist and make one for your friends tonight! (Facebook friend @KarleySimms might want to give it a try since she tells us she “loves poms!”) Enjoy!

Pomegranate Bellini Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups (310mL) boiling water
4 ounces vodka
¼ cup (60mL) fresh orange juice
Pomegranate seeds if available

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Allow to cool, then chill. To chill place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled tea and mix it with 1 tablespoon of orange juice and one ounce of the vodka.

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

NOTE: If a sweeter Mar-TEA-ni is desired, add ¼ ounce (½ tablespoon) of orange flavored liquor (Triple Sec, Grand Mariner, or Cointreau) to each drink.
 

From Hot Tea To Hot Buttered Rum, Bigelow Tea Is The Perfect Drink!

 btfri_From Hot Tea To Hot Buttered Rum, Bigelow Tea Is The Perfect Drink!

Did you know that any of our Bigelow teas can morph into a delish drink recipe?  Whether you are hangin with friends or hosting your family, we have the ingredients if you provide the bartender.  Check out our Mint Medley MojitoSangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea LemonadeOrange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine or our Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum (recipe below).

And….we bet you have a recipe to share.  If so post a picture with a link on Instagram and tag with #bigelow so we can check it out and try a few on our own.  Now enjoy this recipe which is pure awesomeness!

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum

Ingredients:

6 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
6 cups (48-ounces) hot water

Spiced Butter:

¾ cup light brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum

Whipped cream: optional
Extra pumpkin pie spice: optional

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea  or Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea

Instructions:

In large glass bowl, place tea bags; add hot water. Brew for 4 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags.

Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute).

In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts.

Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of spice, if desired.