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Say “I Do” To These Wedding Inspirations From Bigelow Tea

bigelow tea charleston tea plantationIt’s the season of romance and Bigelow Tea is here to offer inspiration for all of you brides- and grooms-to-be! Despite the brisk weather, February sparkles as National Wedding Month. It’s the perfect time to plan a future wedding (even if it’s just pinning pins on Pinterest) and Bigelow Tea has plenty of insight into weddings … especially since its own Charleston Tea Plantation is a gorgeous and popular place to say “I do!” With majestic oaks, an old-fashioned trolley to shuttle guests and historic beauty, the grounds at the South Carolina plantation are full of Southern charm and make the perfect backdrop to a romantic event.

If you can’t get married at a tea garden, here are some other swoon-worthy ideas on how to creatively incorporate tea into your big day.


It doesn’t matter if your theme and décor is rustic, ethereal or cozy, tea can certainly play a role. Use vintage teacups as part of your centerpieces, or have your seating cards tied to a pouch of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor.

Time to (Tea) Party

Everyone loves a tea party! So, why not design a tea party-themed wedding? Whether indoor (formal tea) or outdoor (vintage-inspired garden party), tea time is the perfect way to celebrate a wedding—or even a bridal shower!

Have your dessert table filled with a variety of your favorite Bigelow teas, a selection of finger sandwiches, canapés, light appetizers, fresh fruit, teacakes, tarts, cookies, petit fours, and scones with Devonshire cream and jam.

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Favors—Love is Brewing

Send your guests home with a Bigelow Tea Personalized Tea Box with a “thank you” message and photograph. Or, place several pouches of Bigelow Tea into a burlap party favor bag.  

Bridal Party Gifts

Give thanks to the members of your bridal party with a lovely personalized wooden tea chest. Both useful and a handy fixture around the kitchen, it’ll be a gift they’ll treasure forever!

If you’re planning a wedding or simply looking to the future, invite Bigelow Tea to the big day. Tea in any form is a simple yet elegant way to add a little flavor to the festivities.


Bigelow Tea Sweetheart Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Recipe

bigelow tea hot cocoaIt’s no secret that Bigelow Tea is creative and passionate about specialty tea… and specialty drinks! Bigelow offers hundreds of recipes for fans to incorporate or pair with their favorite Bigelow Tea blends, including fan-favorite Sweetheart Cinnamon Hot Cocoa recipe. Adults and kids alike will love this special hot cocoa made extra cozy with Bigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea! Perfect for before, during or after Valentine’s Day!

Bigelow Tea has such a wonderful reputation in the food and beverage industry that in January of 2015, Eunice and David Bigelow were honored for their decades-long contributions by being inducted into the inaugural class of the Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame! The Bigelow family has been shaping the American tea market for over 70 years and continues to grow under the leadership of third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow. The family’s story was recently featured in Connecticut Explored magazine. Check out the feature here … and read it while sipping some of that yummy cocoa!

Sweetheart Cinnamon Hot Cocoa


  • Bigelow® Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea Bags*bigelow tea sweetheart cinnamon
  • 2 ¼ cups hot whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • *Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup cold whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


In a small saucepan, warm milk until piping hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove tea bags and gently squeeze out the liquid. Add sugar and cocoa, and whisk vigorously to combine. Serve hot. *Optional: Top with freshly whipped cream or mini-marshmallows. *Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff peaks are formed. Spoon on top of hot chocolate.


Tart Herbal Bigelow Teas & Their Perfect Pairs

bigelow tea I love lemonYou may have tried picking the right wine to go with your meal at some point … but have you considered pairing your favorite Bigelow Tea blends with recipesBigelow Tea has more than 120 flavors that, while delicious on their own, truly stand out when paired with the right dish! While there are no rules on which blend you should pair your favorite dish with, we do have suggestions!

Herbal teas are naturally caffeine free, making them ideal to enjoy at any time of day. Bigelow’s herbal teas fall into three categories: sweet, floral, and tart flavor profiles. Let’s chat about the tart teas today. Bigelow’s tart herbal teas have a subtle tart, clean finish. They are excellent to pair with grilled tofu or chicken, vegetable, and light, berry-forward desserts.

bigeloe tea grilled tofu recipe

Use Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate and Earl Grey teas to make a vegetarian Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu dish. The smoky, grilled flavor of the tofu will pair perfectly with Lemon Ginger tea.  Twitter fan @beausci2010 says Lemon Ginger is “good any time of day especially after meals.”

Maybe next time she’ll try pairing it with her meal!


Celebrate in Style With A Bigelow Winter Tea Party

Bigelow Tea CookiesWhen it’s cold outside, make a Winter Wonderland inside — Bigelow Tea-inspired, of course! A tea party is a fun and classy way to celebrate special occasions.

From baby showers and weddings, to birthdays and just-because days, there’s always a good reason for a celebration. Plus, January is Hot Tea Month, which is the perfect excuse to throw a party!

When planning your menu, a variety of teas work best. You can never go wrong with a selection that includes Bigelow Tea Earl GreyConstant Comment and Classic Green Tea, a robust Darjeeling or a rich French Vanilla, you could even add a sweet herbal option like Chamomile Mango Herb Tea. For the food portion of the menu, Bigelow Tea has teamed up with several bloggers to bring you three recipes that can be used for your cozy soiree.

For décor ideas and a recipe for Mini Cucumber Pastry Sandwiches, visit the blog Lows to Luxe. For a sweet nibble, Heather from GirlGoneMom shares a quick and easy recipe for Pecan Thumbprints that you definitely won’t want to miss. Or mosey over to Cookie Dough and oven mitt to find a recipe by Miranda for Caramel Madeleines — they’re as gorgeous as they are delicious … and all taste great with Bigelow Tea.  And let’s not forget beautiful and tasty Ladies Tea Party suggestions from Behind The Camera and Dreaming!

Share your winter tea party ideas – or any recipes you would fit the occasion – on social media with the hashtag #meandmytea!

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Lows to Luxe

Bigelow Tea Takes Stock Of Quick Homemade Broth Made With Tea

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It’s soup season, and Bigelow Tea loves the soul-satisfying flavor you get when making stock from scratch. So before reaching for that can or box, check out these inspiring ideas from New York Times food writer Mark Bittman for whipping up a variety of homemade stocks in minutes (yes, really!) using staples sitting in your pantry or fridge. One of Bittman’s recipes is for Smoky Tea Stock that he recommends using as a broth for udon noodles. Add a splash of soy sauce. Yum!

Why stop there? Try inventing your own signature stocks using Bigelow Tea flavors as a base for your favorite recipes or even some new creations. Here’s a wonderful recipe from the Bigelow Tea files for a hearty, nutritious soup (pictured above) using Green Tea with Lemon to give the broth an unexpected zesty flavor. Enjoy!

Garmugia (Spring Vegetable Soup)

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Serves 8 


  • 20 Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags
  • 7 cups (1 ¾L) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh italian sausage, casing removed and meat crumbled
  • 3 small white onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. (90g) ground beef
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen lima beans or frozen fava beans
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen peas
  • ½ cup (125mL) asparagus tips
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) freshly ground pepper
  • Croutons:
  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 slices coarse white bread, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) Italian parsley, chopped


Place Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags into a large bowl; pour 7 cups boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze well and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage meat, onions and ground beef; saute until meat browns and onions turn opaque. Add the beans, peas and asparagus and stir well. Pour in reserved tea, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, skimming off any froth from the surface of the soup. Halfway through the cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Serve. To prepare the croutons, add olive oil to frying pan and heat over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute until it begins to turn golden. Remove garlic and add bread cubes and stir until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crouton to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with parsley. Ladle hot soup into warmed soup bowls and garnish with croutons.


Bigelow Tea Pairs English Teatime With Delicious Bigelow Recipes Perfect For The New Year!

Bigelow Tea English TeatimeBigelow Tea English Teatime is a signature blend of classic black tea perfect for any time of day. For this special blend, only hand-picked tea leaves from the higher mountains are used to create a smooth, full-bodied cup of tea. Twitter fan Caroline says “English Teatime is my morning go-to.”

bigelow recipeIf you’re looking for more ways to enjoy your cup of English Teatime, try pairing it with a delicious Bigelow Tea recipe! Rich, invigorating, and versatile, English Teatime is the perfect complement to chocolate, pork, and poultry. Whip up a Chocolate SweeTEA Pie (pictured) for dessert during a new year’s celebration! Made with either Bigelow® Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea or Bigelow Raspberry Royale this pie is a great treat to accompany a hot cuppa Bigelow English Teatime.

Or maybe you’re looking for something a bit more savory to sip your tea with. Try these Ham and Pear Sandwiches or this juicy Chamomile Braised Chicken. When it comes to pairing teas with food, the only rule is there are no rules! Experiment with your favorite combinations and let your culinary imagination soar!


Wake Up Your Taste Buds With Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls

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The Bigelow family certainly knows the components of a great holiday: tea, family, lots of laughter and a hearty breakfast. One of the best things in the world is the wafting scent of cinnamon tickling your nose on a chilly December morning. Now that’s a smell to wake up to! Looking for the perfect meal to get everyone out of bed? How about Bigelow Tea Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls thanks to Bigelow Tea drinker Michelle from Honest + Truly. Deliciously sticky and perfectly sweet, you can do most of the prep for these cinnamon rolls the night before.

Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cinnamon Rolls 


Cinnamon Rolls

1 c milk
1 Bigelow vanilla chai tea bag
2 1/4 t yeast (1 packet equivalent)
1 t salt
1/4 c sugar
5 T butter, softened
1 egg
3 1/2 c flour


1/2 c butter, softened
1/3 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 t fresh ground cloves


3 T butter, melted
1 t vanilla
2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c brewed Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea
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Start making your dough by heating your milk just until it is steaming. Add the tea bag and let it steep for five minutes while the milk cools somewhat. Remove the tea bag, and add your milk to your mixing bowl. Top with your yeast, sugar, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Add your softened butter and mix again. When mostly incorporated, add the egg and bring to medium speed to beat together. Once incorporated, add your remaining flour slowly to ensure your dough isn’t too dry. Mix on low speed until your dough comes together in a ball.

Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for five to ten minutes, until the dough springs back when you press lightly into it. Return to your bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for an hour until doubled in size.

Remove the dough from your bowl once risen and roll out to a 9 by 15 rectangle. Using the wrapper as a holder for your 1/2 cup of butter, spread it over the dough, leaving a one inch gap along the top long side so the dough will still stick later. Use the wrapper to spread any remaining butter into the bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan so that your cinnamon rolls won’t stick to it later.

Mix together the remainder of your filling in a separate bowl. Use a fork to combine the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Spread this over the butter on your rectangle using your fork.

Roll up your rectangle into a long log, starting at the bottom and leaving the uncoated edge for the end. Use a serrated knife to slice into 12 equal pieces.

Carefully lift each piece and place it into your buttered pan. Some will touch and others won’t. Replace the towel and let rise for 30 minutes or place in the fridge overnight to finish in the morning. If finishing in the morning, remove the rolls from the fridge and let sit on the counter, still covered by the towel, for 45 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while your cinnamon rolls are rising. Once they are ready to bake, remove the towel and bake uncovered in your oven for 30 minutes until golden brown and the filling has started to bubble at the edges.

Cool in the pan while you make the glaze. Brew a cup of Bigelow vanilla chai tea. In a small mixing bowl, add melted butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Pour the hot tea over this. Using a fork, stir until thoroughly combined, adding a bit more tea to thin the glaze if needed. Pour the glaze over your cinnamon rolls and enjoy immediately.

Note – These are best eaten the day they’re made but can be stored on the counter in a tightly sealed container for another 1-2 days, if needed.

Make Some Bold Pairings With Bigelow Tea Earl Grey

bigelow tea earl greyLooking for your next tea pairing adventure? Look no further than Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey tea. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes—thanks to the finest bergamot oil from Calabria, Italy. A true classic, Earl Grey pairs beautifully with the strong, earthy flavors in red meat dishes, duck and dark chocolate. Now that’s decadent!

bigelow tea earl grey boxTry pairing a cup of Earl Grey with tea-infused main dishes like recipes for Orange Beef and Chinese Broccoli or Pan Seared Duck with Orange and Spice Gastrique.

Or if you have more of a sweet tooth, pair a cuppa with Vanilla Caramel Chocolate Custard or Creme Brulee, or Darjeeling and Dark Chocolate Pots. With its delicate and citrusy aroma and golden coloring, Earl Grey’s smooth flavor provides the perfect complement to rich and indulgent dishes.

With the complex yet traditional flavor of Earl Grey, here’s one more tip: simply brew, sip and enjoy!

Warming & Comforting: Salted Caramel Rice Pudding Recipe With Bigelow Tea

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A little bit sweet. A little bit salty. A lot creamy, dreamy and delicious! This recipe for Salted Caramel Rice Pudding is everything comfort food should be … and it comes together quickly on your stovetop. Blogger Parrish drew inspiration from Bigelow Tea‘s Salted Caramel Tea to create the dessert. It’s the one to make when the wind is howling and all you want to do is curl up on the couch with something rich and yummy. Pair this soul-satisfying treat with a steaming mug of I Love Lemon Herbal Tea for a surefire way to warm up from the inside out!

Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

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1 cup white rice
2 cups water
2 Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea bags
2 cups hot 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 of vanilla extract
1 whole egg, beaten
Caramel sauce


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.


Fill Your Cup With Holiday Cheer… and Bigelow Tea!

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When you need to warm up after the outdoor activities or impress your guests without much fuss, a cuppa cheer is the way to go! And by cheer, we mean Bigelow Tea, of course! During this festive (and entertainment-filled) season, it’s the perfect time to introduce new cocktails (and mocktails), and Bigelow Tea has you covered with recipes for Hot Eggnogg’n Buttered RumSparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch, and Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch. Whip up one—or all—of these delish drinks and toast to the holidays!

Hot Eggnogg’n Buttered Rum bigelow tea egg noggin


  • 6 tea bags Bigelow Eggnogg’n 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
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum
  • Whipped cream, optional

*Variations: Try using Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea or Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea


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, and 6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

Sparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch


  • 4 cups water
  • 6 Bigelow “”Constant Comment””® Tea Bags
  • 2 quarts Sparkling Water**
  • 1 12-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 12-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
  • Garnish with Orange Slices


In a saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea bags, cover and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Allow tea to cool; then chill. Just before serving time, combine tea, sparkling water or Champagne, juice concentrates, and pineapple in a large punch bowl. Garnish with Orange Slices ** Celebrating a special event? Spark it up by substituting 1-½ to 2 bottles of Champagne for the Sparkling Water

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

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*Variations: Substitute 6 Bigelow® Red Raspberry Herbal tea bags for the Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz and substitute ½ cup fresh raspberries for the pomegranate seeds.


The bright red color of this sparkling punch is perfect for the holidays. The addition of fresh pomegranate seeds makes it extra-festive! Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove. Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir. Serve immediately.