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3 Reasons Why Every Day in July Should Include Tea And Ice Cream

Ice cream is totally an acceptable meal during summer. And you know what goes great with ice cream? Bigelow Tea. Besides, a balanced diet during National Ice Cream Month is basically a glass of iced tea in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other, right?! If you’re not quite convinced, here are three reasons why you should include both in your July repertoire.

  1. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Who doesn’t love a dripping cone of the good stuff? Plus, it’s got quite the history. Did you know that ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C.? Legend has it that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar, and more than a thousand years later, Marco Polo returned to Italy from the Far East with a recipe that closely resembled what is now recognized as sherbet. In America, the first advertisement for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.” And then, during World War II, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. Those soldiers deserved it!
  2. Keep things local! Okay, so ice cream is delicious, but it’s also a great reason for repeatedly going to the local ice cream shop. In fact, family-owned businesses make up the majority of ice cream makers in the U.S., according to the International Dairy Foods Association. For generations, these “mom and pop” ice cream parlors have been meeting our nation’s craving for a favorite frozen dessert. Yum! And, as a family-owned business, Bigelow Tea is celebrating all things “made in the USA” this month … and we’re excited to add local ice cream shops to the list!
  3. It’s hot out there! Chill out with some homemade ice cream. How about a scoop of Green Tea with Peach or Mint Tea Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! (Holy smokes, both sound incredible.) Don’t worry, recipes for both are right here! If you try your hand at either, be sure to tag #TeaProudly so we can drool… errr, swoon! Enjoy!

Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream

(pictured at top)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (250mL) half-and-half
  • ¾ cup (180mL) sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) vanilla extract
  • 20 Bigelow® Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) diced fresh or canned peaches, drained

Instructions

Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Mint Tea Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  •  6 Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea bags
  •  3/4 cups sugar
  •  6 large egg yolks
  •  2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 cup half-and-half
  •  1 cup heavy cream
  •  1 1/3 cups of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

In a mixer, (I heart my KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer), beat the sugar into the eggs until thickened and pale yellow. Beat in flour and salt. Set aside.

Bring the milk to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in the tea bags, cover, and set aside to steep for 15 minutes.

Gently press down on the tea bags to make sure all of the mint flavor gets into the milk, and then remove the tea bags. (Side note: I actually ripped open one of the tea bags – and loved how the tea looked swirling around in the milk. If this happens to you, you can strain your milk through a fine mesh sieve, or just leave it be. It didn’t bother any of us and looked pretty cool!)

Add the half-and-half and return to a simmer over low heat. Slowly beat the hot milk and half-and-half into the egg yolks and sugar. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thickens slightly. Be careful not to let the mixture boil or the eggs will scramble. Remove from the heat and pour the hot tea custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl.

Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight. (I let mine sit overnight to enhance the tea flavor, but if you want to speed up the cooling process, set it into an ice bath. Just make sure your mixture is completely chilled before adding to the ice cream machine.)

Stir the chilled custard, and then freeze in 1 or 2 batches in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

When the ice cream is semi-frozen, slowly add 1 1/3 cups of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and let the ice cream machine mix it in.

When finished, the ice cream will be soft but ready to eat. For firmer ice cream, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze at least 2 hours.

*This recipe is adapted from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce Weinstein.

How To Picnic Like A Pro—Iced Tea, Included!

Confession time! When it comes to picnics, how many of you have pinned pins on creating an Instagram-worthy spread, or pine after the perfectly curated pictures of al fresco summertime dining? Okay, okay, most of us. Now. How many of you fall short of actually planning a picnic of your own? If this is you, that’s okay! It’s a ton of work to pull off an incredible picnic, but guess what, Bigelow Tea has a few tips and tricks for you. Besides, it’s National Picnic Month, so there’s no better time than now to make it happen!

Set the scene

For starters, ya gotta get a picnic basket. Or a picnic backpack, or a wooden crate, or at the very least, a few bags to carry the food to your destination. Speaking of destination, it’s just as much fun to host a picnic in your backyard as it is the local park! Or, take advantage of a great view nearby (hey, beach lovers and mountain dwellers, here’s to you…). Then, add a picnic blanket. Tip: Keep a plastic tarp or shower liner on-hand to put underneath the blanket! 

On the menu

Nothing beats a picnic with yummy food. And you know what’s easy to make, pack and enjoy on a picnic? These awesome Bigelow recipes: Pomegranate Yogurt Dip and Fresh FruitVietnamese Tea Rolls (served chilled), Lemon Lift English Cucumber PicklesBigelow Constant Comment Cashew Chicken SaladPomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and NutsGreen Tea and Mango Pasta Salad, and Turkey, Watercress and Cranberry Sandwiches. For dessert, try one of these on-the-go treats: Chewy Chocolate Mint BrowniesLondon Fog Cupcakes or Vanilla Chai Scones. Obviously, you can’t have a picnic without iced tea. Here are a few faves: Fresh Brewed Bigelow Iced TeaStrawberry Mint Sweet Tea or Bigelow Blackberry Mint Iced Tea. Make the iced tea ahead of time and chill in the fridge in mason jars. Throw the mason jars (…leave the caps on) into your picnic basket and voilà! Tip: Try freezing some tea in an ice cube tray. Then use ice tea cubes in place of regular ice cubes to keep iced tea cool, fresh and flavorful!

Essential items to pack

Don’t forget the cutlery and napkins. Bring a few extra knives and serving spoons, too. And a good picnicker always brings a trash bag. Tip: Bring along some games (cards are easy to pack and play!) and don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!

So there you have it – all the makings to create the perfect picnic. Go ahead, get outside and enjoy! While you’re at it, be sure to tag #TeaProudly with your picnic experience! (PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN!)

Bold Stripes, Bright Stars, Iced Tea In Mason Jars (And All The Fab Recipes For July 4th!)

July 4th is right around the corner, and if you’re a red, white and blue lovin’ individual, you know that this is a weekend filled with flags, fireworks, BBQs and a whole lot of patriotism! And while you may be juggling all sorts of holiday events and festivities, there’s no reason why you can’t do it with a glass of Bigelow iced tea in hand! Actually, how about you just plan out your whole menu now? Because – no lie – you’re gonna be the talk of the town after you serve these ah-mazing dishes. Whether you’re having a fancy-schmancy cocktail party or a backyard cookout, these dishes will rock your world. From beverages that will keep you cool until the last firework goes off, to a sauce who is boss, these recipes are in it to win it. Enjoy! Don’t forget to tag your masterpieces with #TeaProudly on social media – go on, brag a little…

Constant Comment Soda Twist

Ingredients

Instructions

Place tea bags into a heat-stable container. Pour one quart boiling water over tea bags and allow to steep 7-10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Allow tea to cool, then chill. To serve, combine equal parts of iced tea with lemon-lime seltzer water in ice-filled glasses. Stir gently; garnish with lemon or lime, as desired.

Green Tea Baby Back Ribs and Jicama Green Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • 26 pork backribs, 2 racks, 13 bones
  • 1 sweet onion, julienned
  • 4 celery ribs, julienned
  • 2 carrot, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 12  Bigelow Green Tea, remove string
  • 1 jicama, julienned
  • 2 green apple, julienned
  • 2 celery, julienned
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 4 scallion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, steeped with 1 bag Green Tea with Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Combine ribs with onion, celery, carrot, salt, pepper and eight tea bags. Bring to a simmer and cook till fork tender. While ribs are simmering, steep Bigelow Green tea with lemon with cold vinegar, about 1 hour. Cut all jicama, apple, celery and carrot into julienne. Slice scallion on a long bias. Toss all together. Combine vinegar and oil together. Toss vegetables and fruit with salt and vinaigrette mixture and chill. When ribs are ready let cool in poaching liquid. Remove ribs from poaching liquid and return liquid to heat and bring to a boil and reduce to two cups volume. Add two cups sugar and four tea bags and let steep five minutes and squeeze out tea bags. Dip ribs into glaze and heat in oven. Brush with additional glaze until ribs are hot and sugar has caramelized. Finish under broiler and drizzle glaze over ribs when on plate. Serve glazed ribs over jicama salad.

Earl Grey Braised Beef Brisket with Earl Grey Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

Beef brisket:

  • 4 pounds beef brisket, whole, not trimmed
  • 1 pound sweet onion, julienned
  • 1 pound carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • 8 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 4 cups water, or enough to cover brisket
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Barbecue sauce:

  • 4 ounces vegetable oil
  • 1 pound sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 ounce peeled garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • 16 ounces tomatoes, canned
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar, or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 8 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags

Instructions

Combine onion, celery, carrot tea bags with water and bring to a simmer. Add brisket and let cook till fork tender, may be up to 8 hours. While brisket is cooking make barbecue sauce. In medium sauce pan heat oil and add onion and garlic and sweat. Add celery and sweat and then add tomatoes, sugar vinegar, salt and tea bags. Let simmer till all vegetables are very soft and remove tea bags. Puree till smooth and chill till ready to use. When brisket is tender remove from heat and allow to cool in braising liquid. When cool remove from liquid and heat on grill. When hot add barbecue sauce and finish heating in oven to prevent burning sauce. Slice about 1/4 inch and serve.

Orange & Spice Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags, squeezing them for excess tea. Add brown sugar until dissolved. Set aside. In a skillet, add tea, ketchup, mustard and onions. Mix well and simmer until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. This sauce can be used with steak, chicken and pork. It also can be used for baking beans.

Now, This Is How You Do Summer!

How excited are you that the first day of summer has finally arrived? Hey, even if you still have to go to work and all that, there’s something totally cool about June 21st. Everyone knows it’s the longest day of the year which gives the #TeaProudly community a totally awesome excuse to celebrate summer fun in ways that you never even imagined…yes Bigelow Tea is part of the scene!

For this year’s summer solstice, think out of the (tea!) box and make some really cool recipes that are great for any type of summer picnic or party, or just for chillin out!

For example, these Endless “Pop”sibilities popsicles are totally unique! They are the most amazing treat for getting refreshed and revived on a hot summer day- can’t you just see yourself lounging in a hammock in the backyard catching all the drips before they hit your shorts?

Endless “Pop”sibilities (Popsicles)

Ingredients

3 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
Bigelow I Love Lemon Tea Bags
2 cups boiling water
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar

Instructions

Steep all 6 tea bags in water for 3 minutes. Remove bags. Stir in agave nectar syrup; let cool. Pour into 6 molds; freeze 6 hours or overnight. Run molds under hot water for a few seconds to loosen; unmold and enjoy.

Also mega delicious- Green Tea and Coconut Popsicles. So unbelievably simple to make, yet so tasty and such a good way to cool off. (Maybe a fun summer project to do with the kids?)

Green Tea and Coconut Popsicles

Ingredients

1 cup brewed green tea
1 cup coconut water
1 tbsp honey (raw and local is best)

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Pour popsicle mix into a clean, empty ice tray.  Place a layer of plastic wrap on top, and pull tight.  Insert a toothpick into the center of each tray, and place in the freezer until frozen solid.
When ready to enjoy, just remove the plastic wrap, and you have 12 individual popsicles!

Finally, this crazy good dessert is basically a great impression in a pan. Make Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler your go-to after dinner treat to bring to barbecues all summer long. It’s like eating up the taste of summer in every bite. Are you salivating yet? Yum!!

Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler

Ingredients

1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Dash of cinnamon
1 cup of flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup Bigelow “I Love Lemon” herbal tea (1/2 cup of boiling water and 1 tea bag)
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

Use a 6 1/2 inch skillet.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Place a tea bag in a cup with 1/2 cup of boiling hot water and steep for 5-6 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.
In a small bowl, mix berries, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg and sugar vigorously for about a minute. Whisk in salt, sour cream and vanilla, until all well combined. Whisk in cooled tea.
Whisk in flour until all incorporated. Preheat seasoned skillet over medium heat and melt butter in it. Swish butter all over the skillet. Take off heat. Pour in most of the batter in the skillet and add berries over the top. Drizzle in remaining dough over the top. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 33-37 minutes.

So, which sweet treat are you going to try first this summer? Tell us what’s sounding totally delish to you and tag #TeaProudly

5 Reasons To Eat A Cupcake Right Now. (BTW: They Go Best With Tea!) 

Calling all cupcake-lovers! Looking for a few good reasons to eat a cupcake right now? Look no further:

  1. They go fabulously with a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea.
  2. They’re amazing.
  3. They’re delicious.
  4. They’re SO MUCH FUN.
  5. They’re versatile.

BONUS: They’re the perfect on-the-go snack. Just grab one and hit the road! (Napkins not required, but suggested… just in case the icing goes a bit rogue.)

Okay, okay, time out… There are more reasons than that—but, first, how about a history lesson? Did you know that cupcakes were mentioned as far back as 1796 when a recipe notation of “a light cake to bake in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons? However, the earliest documentation of the term “cupcake” appeared in a cookbook in 1828. Yum! Someone was definitely on to something, because today, cupcakes are trendy with a capital “T.” While a standard cupcake recipe uses the same basic ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs and flour—easy enough!), these days you can find unique cupcakeries and bakeries across the globe. There are countless flavors, designs and ingredients to choose from. And guess what?! You can make your own using Bigelow Tea! Here are several recipes to try. Tag #TeaProudly with your creations—you’ll likely make everyone drool.

London Fog Cupcakes 

What could be better than a vanilla bean cupcake with Earl Grey buttercream frosting!

Recipes and photo submitted by Just a Little Bite

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup & 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 earl grey tea bag
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Earl Grey tea

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the milk, egg whites, vanilla, and the scraped insides of the vanilla bean.
In a larger bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
On low speed, add the butter and oil and mix until you have a crumb texture. On medium speed, add the milk mixture and mix for two minutes until light and fluffy. Scoop the mixture in to a muffin tin and fill each cup 3/4 of the way.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
While the cupcakes are baking, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the Earl Grey tea bag and steep over low heat for five minutes.
Put the butter in the fridge for 20 minutes. When the butter has solidified, take it back out and mix it together on medium speed with the powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add the Earl Grey tea a little bit at a time until you have the consistency you like.
When the cupcakes are cool, frost them!

Constant Comment® Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Tea Concentrate:
  • 13 bags Bigelow Constant Comment Tea*
  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained, discard liquid
  • ½ cup tea concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly soft
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons tea concentrate
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add 1 ¼ cups water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray; alternatively use paper liners set aside. In large mixing bowl add sugar, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until thick and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add mandarin oranges, ½ cup tea concentrate, vanilla, and orange zest. Continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute). In medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to tea mixture. Continue mixing, at low speed, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Add carrots; mix well. Place batter in muffin cups filling about ½ to ¾ full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool. Meanwhile, in medium mixing bowl place cream cheese and butter. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until light and creamy (1 minute). Add 2 tablespoons tea extract. Mix well. Add confectioners’ sugar; continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until soft and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Frost top of each cupcake with frosting. Garnish with orange zest.

Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup water
  • Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea Bags
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add butter and water to a large saucepan along with six tea bags.  Allow to melt. Once melted, strain butter/water mixture and remove tea bags.  Remove from the heat and add sugar until dissolved.  Add sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract.  Pour into cupcake lined pan and cooked for 15 minutes or until done.  Top with homemade whipped cream topping* (see below*).

*These cupcakes pair perfectly with fresh whipped cream topping. Mix 1.5 cups of heavy whipping in a chilled bowl until it starts to slightly stiffen. Slowly add 2.5 tablespoons of granulated sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Continue mixing until soft peaks start to show. Frost cupcakes, top with sprinkles, berries, or cutesy flags or candles and ENJOY!

Green Tea Cupcakes with Sugar Topping

Ingredients

  • 2 Bags of Bigelow Green Tea
  • Cake Mix from a Box – White
  • Green Frosting
  • Green Sugar

Instructions

Preheat Oven To 350.
Heat water and brew tea ( use 2 bags) – measure 12 oz of the tea and place in a mixing bowl.
Optional – add a few drops of food coloring ( green).
Slowly add the cake box mix – slowly mix together ( you do not need to add anything else – meaning NO EGGS OR OIL).
Place batter in the cupcake liners.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Let the cupcakes cool and decorate. Enjoy.

Lavender Honey Earl Grey Cupcakes

(pictured at top)

Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 4 Bigelow Earl Grey teabags
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp dried lavender
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lavender paste or extract (optional)
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • Honey and dried lavender to garnish (optional)

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

Warm 2/3 cup whole milk in the microwave, then let 4 Bigelow Earl Grey teabags steep in the milk for about 10 minutes. The milk will eventually resemble a caramel color. When the tea is done steeping, carefully squeeze the teabags to wring out milk. Before disposing of the teabags, snip off the Earl Grey tags if you wish to use them to decorate your finished cupcakes. Allow the milk to cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, dried lavender, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, honey, vanilla, and lavender paste using an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add eggs one at a time, beating until well incorporated. Finally, mix in the Earl Grey-infused milk.
Add flour mixture in small batches, beating on low speed until the batter is just combined.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, and spoon batter into each cup until three-fourths full. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely.
To make frosting, beat cream cheese, honey, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. In half-cup batches, slowly add the heavy cream, beating until each addition forms stiff peaks. This frosting recipe makes a pretty big batch. I don’t mind because it’s my favorite frosting recipe (so light, and not overly sweet) and I like to pile my cupcakes high with frosting. But if you have leftovers, know that it refrigerates well.
Pipe frosting onto cupcakes however you wish. I like to use a star tip to create a “nest” on top of the cupcake. Just before serving, I garnish with dried lavender and carefully pour a dollop of honey into the center of the nest. If you saved your Bigelow Earl Grey tags, tape them to toothpicks and use them to decorate a few of your cupcakes.

6 Bigelow Tea Dishes To Kick Off Your Memorial Day

Memorial Day holds quite a bit of important history, and serves as a significant national symbol of gratitude to all those who have fought and died as members of the armed services. At Bigelow Tea, there has been a long-standing history of supporting the troops, and each year, this day is one to remember and appreciate the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country.

While Memorial Day may conjure images of picnics and long weekends, how much do you know about this patriotic holiday? In 1868May 30 was initially declared Decoration Day, “which was designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers and otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” In 1971, Congress moved Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May.

On Memorial Day, Bigelow Tea feels extra proud to pay tribute to U.S. servicemen and women, including an official sponsorship of the USO. This is a continuation of the Tea for the Troops program, which third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow says is “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” Since the program started in 2009, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow tea have been sent to bases in Korea, Iraq, Germany and Afghanistan.

Whether you’re hosting a Memorial Day bash or spending the weekend with loved ones, Bigelow Tea has the refreshments covered. With one of these six tea-inspired recipes, you’ll surely wow everyone at the table. Tag #TeaProudly to share how you’re spending the day!

Earl Grey Braised Beef Brisket with Earl Grey Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

Beef brisket:

  • 4 pounds beef brisket, whole, not trimmed
  • 1 pound sweet onion, julienned
  • 1 pound carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 4 cups water, or enough to cover brisket
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Barbecue sauce:

  • 4 ounces vegetable oil
  • 1 pound sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 ounce peeled garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • 16 ounces tomatoes, canned
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar, or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 8 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags

Instructions

Combine onion, celery, carrot tea bags with water and bring to a simmer. Add brisket and let cook till fork tender, may be up to 8 hours. While brisket is cooking make barbecue sauce. In medium sauce pan heat oil and add onion and garlic and sweat. Add celery and sweat and then add tomatoes, sugar vinegar, salt and tea bags. Let simmer till all vegetables are very soft and remove tea bags. Puree till smooth and chill till ready to use. When brisket is tender remove from heat and allow to cool in braising liquid. When cool remove from liquid and heat on grill. When hot add barbecue sauce and finish heating in oven to prevent burning sauce. Slice about 1/4 inch and serve.

Green Tea Baby Back Ribs and Jicama Green Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • 26 pork backribs, 2 racks, 13 bones
  • 1 sweet onion, julienned
  • 4 celery ribs, julienned
  • 2 carrot, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 12  Bigelow Green Tea, remove string
  • 1 jicama, julienned
  • 2 green apple, julienned
  • 2 celery, julienned
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 4 scallion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, steeped with 1 bag Green Tea with Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Combine ribs with onion, celery, carrot, salt, pepper and eight tea bags. Bring to a simmer and cook till fork tender. While ribs are simmering, steep Bigelow Green tea with lemon with cold vinegar, about 1 hour. Cut all jicama, apple, celery and carrot into julienne. Slice scallion on a long bias. Toss all together. Combine vinegar and oil together. Toss vegetables and fruit with salt and vinaigrette mixture and chill. When ribs are ready let cool in poaching liquid. Remove ribs from poaching liquid and return liquid to heat and bring to a boil and reduce to two cups volume. Add two cups sugar and four tea bags and let steep five minutes and squeeze out tea bags. Dip ribs into glaze and heat in oven. Brush with additional glaze until ribs are hot and sugar has caramelized. Finish under broiler and drizzle glaze over ribs when on plate. Serve glazed ribs over jicama salad.

Orange & Spice Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (125mL) hot water
  • 10 Bigelow® Orange & Spice Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¼ cup (60mL) brown sugar
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¼ cup (60mL) ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) mustard

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags, squeezing them for excess tea. Add brown sugar until dissolved. Set aside. In a skillet, add tea, ketchup, mustard and onions. Mix well and simmer until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. This sauce can be used with steak, chicken and pork. It also can be used for baking beans.

Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu

Ingredients

  • 8 – 6 inch wooden skewers
  • 1 – 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
  • Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
  • 3 Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch rounds
  • 8 Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned (about 8 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (for brushing)
  • Non-stick grill spray

Instructions

Tofu is a great vegetarian, low-calorie alternative for your grill, and marinating it in tea gives it great flavor and color. A touch of honey adds sweetness and helps to create a beautiful grill marks as it caramelizes. First, set wooden skewers in water and allow to soak for approximately 30 minutes. Next, sandwich the block of tofu between two plates lined with a few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top plate (like a can) so tofu can drain for 10-15 minutes. In large bowl, combine hot water and tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze out tea bags into bowl, remove, and add salt and honey to tea. Stir until honey is dissolved. Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, and add to bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes. Thread 2-3 cubes of tofu and 2-3 pieces of vegetables onto each soaked skewer, being careful not to pack the skewers too tightly. Brush each skewer with canola oil and season with a pinch of salt. Spray a gas grill with non-stick grill spray and preheat to medium-high. Place skewers on grill, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and tofu begins to form a nicely colored crust. Note: be very gentle when turning skewers (use a grill spatula), as the tofu is delicate. Remove from grill and serve hot.

 

Red, White and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Tea Raspberry Dressing

(Pictured at top)

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Black Tea {I brew more and then use some for the dressing and some for the marinade}
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons blueberries

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Tea
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups spinach and Arugula lettuce leaves {these are easy to find already mixed together in the pre-made salad containers}
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted in 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

For the dressing:

Add tea, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and kosher salt to a food processor or blender. Give it one spin to start mixing ingredients. Add raspberries and blueberries and process on high until it’s completely mixed and the fruit is pureed all the way. Refrigerate overnight.

For the marinade and chicken:

Combine remainder of brewed tea {about a cup}, olive oil, and honey in a large dish with a secure lid. Shake and mix well. Uncover and add chicken. Cover and flip container to ensure that chicken is coated in marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

To assemble salad:

Toast walnuts in butter and allow to cool. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Grill chicken until done. Allow to cool for ten minutes before thinly slicing into strips.

Lay out your salad and top with raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, blue cheese and chicken strips. Drizzle with salad dressing.

Grilled Vegetarian Mushroom Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60mL) butter
  • Bigelow I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water
  • 3 teaspoons (10mL) chili powder
  • 2 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound (500g) fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) salt
  • 1 – 8 ounce (250g) pkg. Tempeh, crumbled
  • 2 cups (500mL) light Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
  • Canola oil
  • 12 – 6 inch (15cm) flour tortillas
  • Lemon wedges as a garnish 

Instructions

To prepare filling: Place tea bags into measuring cup and pour boiling water over bags. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove bags and reserve tea. Melt butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Add tea, chili powder and garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, onion and salt. Saute until mushrooms are brown and tender. Add the crumbled tempeh and saute 2 minutes more or until heated through. Remove from heat, cool for 10minutes. To assemble quesadillas. Preheat grill to 350 F (180 C). Lightly brush 6 tortillas on one side with oil. Place the tortillas oil-side down on large non-stick rimless baking sheet (Use a cookie sheet with sides by turning it upside down). Divide the filling mixture equally among the 6 tortillas. Top each filled tortilla with cheese. Brush tops with oil. Gently slide the quesadillas onto the grill. Grill for about 3minutes on each side, until heated through and golden brown. Remove from grill and let stand for 2 minutes before cutting into wedges. Serve with salsa, sour cream or guacamole and lemon wedges if desired.

Three Reasons Why You Need Dessert With Your Tea…Your Bigelow Tea!

Want to know what two of our favorite things in the world are? Bigelow Tea (of course) and dessert! Sure, a steaming mug is good on its own, but admit it- you know you love a little something tasty to nibble on while drinking your favorite flavor! Currently, we are loving Vanilla Chai Bundt Cake – here’s why you need to make this cake pronto!

  1. It’s a good excuse to have friends over.

Did someone say tea party? If you haven’t seen your besties in awhile, gathering the gang and treating them to a home made slice of goodness while catching up on gossisp is as good a reason as any to eat cake and drink tea. C’mon, you know you need some girl time!

  1. Because your tea is lonely.

As perfect as the Camellia Sinensis plant is on its own, it can be even better when it’s a key player in a delicious mouthwatering recipe! There are so many unbelievable recipes that include tea that we could go on and on (on and on) singing their praises, but we suggest you find out for yourself!

  1. It’s So. Darn. GOOD.

Sweet vanilla: check. Cinnamon: check. Savory spices: check. All the sweet, luscious flavors you need to indulge your taste buds. Need we say more?

Vanilla Chai Bundt Cake

Ingredients

1 cup hot milk
Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea Bags
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon coriander

For glaze:

1/4 cup hot milk
Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea bags
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Cinnamon for sprinkling

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Generously spray 9-10 cup bundt cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Steep 3 Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bags in hot milk for 5-10 minutes, set aside.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, thoroughly mixing before each addition.
Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a bowl.
Remove tea bags from milk.
Alternatively and gradually add flour and milk into the butter/egg mixture and mix until just combined. Pour batter into pan and tap gently to remove air bubbles.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a knife is inserted and comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 5 minutes the invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

For glaze:

To make the glaze, steep one Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bag in hot milk for 3-5 minutes then remove tea bag.
Beat butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth.
Pour glaze over cooled cake.
Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional).
Slice and serve.

Let them eat cake! Show us dessert-friends some love by sharing your most favorite sweet recipes that you love to nibble with your tea. Be sure to tag #Teaproudly!

4 Ways to Sip Summer—Right Now!

Is it summer yet?? Inquiring minds want to know, because with spring in full swing, beach weather just can’t come fast enough! Lounging with an icy cold drink is top of mind big time, as are all the bountiful fruity flavors that taste so fresh on a hot day. So, who made the rule you have to wait until the official days of summer to lounge by the pool with a thirst-quenching glass of something delicious? Get ready to enjoy a cool one now (we won’t tell if you just drink it inside while sitting on the sofa!) with these amazing recipes from Bigelow Tea. After all, it’s certainly summer weather…someplace in the world!)

(Still not convinced? As WillMay1976 says on Twitter, it’s 5pm somewhere! So don’t wait any longer to treat yourself!)

Strawberry Green Tea

If you need any more excuses to start summer early, May is Strawberry Month. Think of it this way: you’re just celebrating one of your favorite early summer fruits!

 

Ingredients

1 Pint Strawberries, washed and hulled
1 Cup Sugar (to taste)
5 Cups Water
Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags

Instructions

Place hulled strawberries in blender and puree until smooth.  Pour in medium saucepan and add sugar.  Bring to boil.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.  Bring 5 cups cold water to a boil. Pour over 5 tea bags and let brew for 5 minutes.

Mix strawberry mixture and green tea together and chill.

Serve chilled over ice.

Simply Summer White Sangria

The classic summer cocktail gets a mmm-mmm good makeover with the addition of a fruity tea! (it’s also amazing with any number of delicious flavors, such as Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea or Red Raspberry™ Herbal Tea.)

 

Ingredients

3 cups (750mL) boiling water
18 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea Bags*
4 tablespoons (90mL) sugar
3 cups (750mL) fresh fruit including mixed citrus, strawberries, peaches, melons, mangos, and pineapples cut into bite sized pieces
1-750mL bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, chilled

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Chill the tea concentrate in refrigerator for at least 30-45 minutes. When ready to serve, combine chilled tea, fruit and wine in a pitcher. To serve, pour Sangria into tall glasses filled with ice. Spoon fruit into glasses to garnish.

Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade (Red)

Refresh your spirit and get in the mood for summer with this incredibly yummy concoction that gets even better with age (don’t we all?) as it absorbs the flavors.

Ingredients

4 cups boiling water
2 bags Bigelow 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. Serve and enjoy!

Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea

So fruity and refreshing, yet so simple to make. If only everything in life could be this easy!

 

Ingredients

1 quart boiling water
Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea Bag

Instructions

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add 2 Pomegranate Pizzazz and 1 Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste, if so desired.

So, how are you looking forward to celebrating summer? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Bigelow Tea!

Pomegranate Pizzazz is a day to join in revelry! While this spirited holiday honors Mexico’s win against French forces at the battle of Puebla in 1862, it has become a very popular holiday in America since the 1960’s and has grown into a celebration of pride.  There are now enormous Cinco de Mayo festivals held yearly in cities such as Chicago, Portland, and Denver (around 400,000 people tend to show up!).

Of course, indulging in food and drink is an extra fun part of this special day, so turn to Bigelow Tea for your celebrations! In fact, make a toast with these amazing margarita recipes – absolutamente delicioso!

Ultimate Pomegranate Margarita

(pictured above)

Become known amongst friends as the margarita master when you mix up this outrageously delicious drink that features fruity herbal tea!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (180mL) boiling water
  • Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1 ounce (30mL) white tequila
  • 1 ounce (30mL) lime juice
  • 1 ounce (30mL) Cointreau
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) sugar
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1 small pomegranate (seeds used for garnish)

Instructions

Pour boiling water over Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal tea bags. Let steep 3-4 minutes. Remove bags and chill. Place chilled tea in blender with remaining ingredients and ice cubes; blend until mixture turns to slush. Garnished with pomegranate seeds (optional).

Virgin Pomegranate Margarita

If you want to get in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo celebrations but tequila isn’t your thing, you can still drink with the best of them when you sip this fab virgin margarita- it’s perfect for kids, too!

Ingredients

For a Frozen Margarita – see directions below:

  • Ice Cubes
  • Orange slices for garnish

Instructions

Boil water and pour over 6 Bigelow Pomegranate Herbal tea bags. Let steep 3-4 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add orange juice, lime juice and sugar. Stir well. Serve warm. To make a Frozen Pomegranate Margarita follow the above directions (using the same ingredients) instead of serving warm, chill. Place in blender with ice cubes and blend until mixture turns to slush. Serve with an orange garnish.

¡A su salud!!  #TeaProudly #CincodeMayo2017

‘Fess Up: How Often Do You Snack?

Noshing, munching, nibbling- whatever you want to call it, Americans love snacking! In today’s crazy busy culture, snacking on-the-go instead of sitting down to three square meals is truly becoming a way of life. Whether you are indulging at your desk at work, grabbing a bite when shuttling the kids to classes, or fueling up after a workout, snack time is all the time! Need proof? Read these fascinating stats from Mintel, a market research provider:

  • Millennials are more likely than any other generation to snack four times a day or more.
  • 94% of Americans are snacking at least once per day.
  • Snacking now accounts for 50% of all eating occasions and many Americans say that snacking helps them meet daily nutritional requirements.
  • 37% of the time, a snack replaces a meal.

When you hear the word “snack,” we wouldn’t blame you if it invokes visions of candy bars, chips and cookies. But “snacking” doesn’t have to mean eating junk. For example, this Chai Shortbread cookie recipe from Bigelow Tea fan by Swathi @ South Indian Kitchen is just made for grabbing and then going! Plus, it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Chai Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

For making Chai short bread cookies:

  • 1cup (130g ) all purpose flour
  • ¼cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • ¼cup (33g) powdered sugar
  • ¼teaspoon salt
  • Bigelow Vanilla chai tea packet
  • ½cup butter

For Chai spice mix:

  • 6cardamom
  • 2inch cinnamon
  • 1/2inch dry ginger/ ¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • ¼teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4black peppercorn
  • For chai spice sugar
  • ½teaspoon chai spice
  • 2tablespoon sparkling sugar

Instructions

In a kitchen aid stand mixer add butter, sugar, powdered sugar cream well. To this add flour, salt and vanilla chai packet and mix well until everything combined well.
Scrape the dough out of the bowl and warp it in a parchment paper. Freeze the dough, or chill for at least 30 minutes.
Make chai spice powder by grinding all the ingredients for chai spice. Then mix the chai spice with sugar and set aside.
To bake, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat. Spread the dough into ¼ inch sheet and cut out using your favorite cookie cutter. Then roll the dough into chai spice sugar. Place the cookie on the baking sheet and bake until the edges are just beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.

You also might want to try thinking out of the box when it comes to snacking – such as out of the tea box, that is! Tea like Salted Caramel and Vanilla Chai just may be the ultimate go anywhere treat! Simply throw some teabags in your purse or pack, and curb those cravings wherever you can grab hot water. Sometimes a nice mug of tea is just what your body needs to feel revived, refreshed and refueled!

Here is an idea: if you’re jonesing for something sweet, keep a teabag of a savory caramel or chocolate flavor handy to help you beat the battle of the bulge, yet still indulge!

So, what’s your fave snack? Share and tag #TeaProudly.