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As Part of Our Holiday Recipe Greetings Week, We Present Bigelow Tea’s Holiday Menu, Day Two: Beverages

Holiday Punch, Hot Holiday Tea, Hotty Toddy French Vanilla

Bigelow Tea wants to spread the holiday spirit with three of our flavorful libations, both Naugh-TEA and nice!  Enjoy our classic Constant Comment® tea blend featured in our tasty Holiday Punch, also perfect for the kids! And then, when you want to warm yourself up (even Florida gets nippy in December!), sip a Hotty Toddy French Vanilla or kick it up a notch with some Hot Holiday Tea.  And please remember:  if you drink, don’t drive.  Bigelow Tea wants you to have a safe and happy holiday.  Cheers!

Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Holiday Punch

4 cups water
4 Bigelow “Constant Comment”® Tea bags
2 quarts ginger ale
2 6-oz. cans frozen lemonade concentrate
2 6-oz. cans frozen orange juice concentrate
1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
1 10-oz. jar cherries (optional)
2 pints orange sherbet
Mint leaves

Yield: 25 4-oz. servings


  • 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, ginger ale, juice concentrates, pineapple and cherries in a large punch bowl.  Float scoops of sherbet on top.
  • Garnish with mint leaves (optional).

Hotty Toddy French Vanilla


6 Bigelow® French Vanilla tea bags

2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon rum extract

Yield: Serves 4


  • Place tea bags, heavy cream, whole milk in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave. 
  • Heat the tea bags, cream and milk on high for 4 minutes, stirring at 1 minute intervals. 
  • Carefully remove from the microwave and allow the tea bags to steep for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove the tea bags and press with the back of a spoon to release all flavors; discard used tea bags. 
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until the sugar has dissolved. 
  • Pour into 4 heat proof cups/mugs, top with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Hot Holiday Tea


1 ⅓ (340mL) water
8 Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal tea bags
1 ⅓ cups (340mL) cranberry juice
1 cup (250mL) burgundy wine
Cinnamon sticks as a garnish

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes.


  • In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea, cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove teabags. Stir in cranberry juice and wine. Return to medium heat. Heat thoroughly.
  • Serve in a large pottery mug.
  • Garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick.

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A Day at Kellogg Graduate Business School…A Day to Remember!

Had the most amazing day at Kellogg Graduate Business School in Evanston Illinois.

I received an MBA there almost 25 years ago and was invited back to talk to the students about what it is like running a family firm as well as what my thoughts were on being an effective leader. The first several hours consisted of one on one meetings with students who are embarking into their family business upon graduation. The countries in which their business operated as well as the type of products that their family produced could not have been more diversified, but what I found so fascinating was that the particular areas of interest for the young students were all very similar.

Leading a family business is not an easy task. Family businesses, as you have heard me say before, are truly little gems. But with this precious gift, there are also some very tricky issues that you must work through and work through very carefully. I tried extremely hard to listen carefully to each student and give them the best advice I could on how to work through some of their concerns and address their questions. Each student was so eager to get my thoughts on how to best address their future career path.

Young adult, after young adult that came to talk with me, I found to be so impressive! Their level of intelligence, positive energy and clear thought process truly demonstrated to me that they had the right characteristics to be successful future leaders for their family companies. I have great faith in each of them ! I also let them know I am here as a resource. I hope they take me up on that offer.

Upon completion of the “one on one” meetings, I then held a larger presentation to a room full of students on leadership. Once again the student body was terrific, attentive, eager to learn and had really relevant questions for me when I was done. It was a long day but a great one. I have great faith in our future leadership of not only the companies in this country, but global as well.

It was an honor to have been invited back to Kellogg, it was a day I will remember for a long time….

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Presents A Week of Holiday Recipe Greetings! Day One’s Menu Feature: Appetizers & Salads

‘Tis the season! Bring on the festive foods, delicious seasonal teas and popular naugh-TEA libations from Bigelow Tea, all perfect for sharing with family and friends! Bigelow Tea is sweetening your holidays with a week of recipe favorites picked out by our Bigelow Tea elves! For five days we’ll feature some sweet and savory selections–from appetizers to desserts–for a complete holiday meal…and all for you, our cherished customers!

So now, let’s begin at the beginning–with a delightful appetizer and fresh salad along with plenty of holiday spirit! Join us tomorrow for the next tasty installment!

I Love Lemon Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked Salmon


8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon™ Herb Tea bags
4 cups water
1 lb. fresh asparagus (approx. 30 stalks), peeled, and tough ends trimmed away
4 oz. light cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
8 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon

Yield: Serves 10


This elegant hors d’oeuvre is surprisingly simple to prepare, and is as delicious as it is beautiful. By parboiling fresh asparagus in Bigelow® I Love Lemon™ Herbal Tea, it becomes subtly infused with flavor and the perfect complement to smoked salmon.  A touch of herb cream cheese holds the wraps together for an impressive presentation.

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a gentle boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove tea bags, return saucepan to the heat and bring to a boil. Add asparagus and 1½ teaspoons of salt to the pan.
  • Parboil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp-tender.  Remove asparagus and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water (to stop the cooking).
  • Drain and pat dry.  Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, fresh herbs and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine.
  • Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture (about ½ teaspoon) on each slice of smoked salmon.
  • Roll up one stalk of asparagus in each piece of smoked salmon, leaving the tips of the asparagus exposed (making it easier to pick up).
  • Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.

Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese Garnish


4 cups mixed lettuce greens
¼ cup (60mL) pomegranate seeds*
2 ounces (56g) soft goat cheese, crumbled
Pomegranate Vinaigrette
½ cup (125mL) boiling water
6 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb Tea bags
⅓ cup (80mL) red wine vinegar
⅓ cup (80mL) olive oil
2 tablespoons (30mL) grated shallots
1 teaspoon (5mL) sugar, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • Make the vinaigrette by infusing water with 6 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herb Tea bags for 10 minutes.
  • Remove tea bags; combine vinegar, olive oil and shallots together.  Add sugar, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Arrange a cup of mixed greens on 4 individual plates, garnish with pomegranate seeds and goat cheese, and drizzle with Pomegranate Vinaigrette.
  • Serve immediately.

*If pomegranate seeds are not available, substitute sun-dried cranberries.

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Happy Hanukkah from Bigelow Tea!

Festive Hanukkah Collection from Bigelow Tea

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and barely enough time to catch our breath (or work off those calories!) before the celebration of Hanukkah begins!  An eight day Festival of Lights, Hanukkah begins at sundown tomorrow, the eve of Kislev 25 (according to the Hebrew calendar) in celebration of the triumph of light over darkness.

In Hebrew, “Hanukkah” means “dedication” – specifically, the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, following freedom from Syrian-Greek rule during the Maccabean Revolt in the 2nd century BCE.  Upon reclaiming their beloved Temple, the victorious Israelites used the last remaining vial of pure olive oil to light the Temple’s menorah; the menorah continued to burn for eight days,  and so came about the ritual of lighting one candle per night until all eight Hanukkah candles are lit. The first day of Hanukkah commences with the customary lighting of the first candle on the menorah.

And as with all celebrations, food and libation abound at Hanukkah!  At Bigelow Tea, we don’t like missing a reason to celebrate, so, we created a festive Hanukkah collection of delightful all-kosher treats and teas. The assortment includes toffee, a milk chocolate Gelt bar, Hanukkah star cookies, 48 individually-wrapped teas, and a blue glass candle holder etched with a menorah – all cradled in a decorative tray.

This Hanukkah tray of goodies makes a great gift to bring when you visit friends and family during the eight-day festival! So, from all of us at Bigelow Tea…

…as you celebrate the Festival of Lights – steeped in such a rich tradition of freedom, courage and peace –
may your home be bright with happiness and love.
Happy Hanukkah!

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Join Bigelow Tea in Celebrating National Family Caregivers Month

“The true strength of the American family finds its roots in an unwavering commitment to care for one another.”

~ President Barack Obama, 2009’s NFC Proclamation

As the baby boom generation glides (albeit reluctantly!) into their fifties and sixties, they face new and daunting responsibilities:  the need to parent their parents. The fact is, America is rapidly becoming an aging nation, and caring for elderly parents or beloved aunts and uncles is a major challenge for many baby boomers.

There are approximately 65 million caregivers nationwide who are entrusted with the daily care of the elderly, performing this role with compassion, diligence and humor.  At Bigelow Tea, we salute and honor these men and women this November, in celebration of National Family Caregivers Month.

Care giving is often a collaborative effort by family members and professional caregivers alike. So it is of paramount importance that cooperation, open communication and mutual respect (between family and caregiver) be established at the get go.  The caregiver often assumes the pivotal responsibility of helping both baby boomer and elder transition to this unfamiliar territory – essentially a reversal of roles, where the child becomes the parent and vice versa.

The NFCA (National Family Caregivers Association) makes available a wonderful caregivers’ “toolkit” which provides a wealth of information on topics ranging from home healthcare and medication management, to tips for improving caregiver/doctor relations. And you know that Bigelow Tea has an additional suggestion for all you caregivers, too: take a little quiet time for yourself and sip a cup of soothing tea.  And, once again, we thank you!

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Warm Those Chilly Evenings with a Cup of Bigelow Tea Chai!

As the days turn to winter and the air gets colder, Bigelow Tea knows that few things can beat the simple comfort of wrapping your chilly hands around a steaming cup of Bigelow tea, and breathing in the warmth and pleasure of the rich aroma. And few teas are more richly adept for this special aroma therapy, than Bigelow Tea’s exotic, spiced Chai selections.

India is most famous for its chai culture and drinking chai is part of everyday life there. (In fact, in India the word chai can also just mean ‘tea’ of any kind.) The spices vary from region to region in India, and even from house to house with special family traditions and variations, but the most common spices used are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper.

Chai is not only prominent in India but in many other countries and regions across the world. For many English speakers chai is synonymous with the traditional Indian recipe known as Masala chai. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can brew your own Chai! There are so many different recipes, each with their own particular blend of rich, black tea, milk, and spices. If this appeals, Bigelow Tea is happy to suggest a Chai recipe book to get you started!If, however, you prefer the simple pleasure of putting our Bigelow Tea Spiced Chai to work for some instant satisfaction, you can try the variety of Chai teas we have at Bigelow Tea — black, vanilla, or green. Delicious, exotic, and yes, the best value in aromatherapy available! You too can be living the chai life!

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Bigelow Tea Embraces Thankful Moments with Family

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and recognizing the fullness of our lives; being thankful for our family, our friends, our health. Thanksgiving also turns a meal into a feast and a house into a festive home, full of cherished family and friends who are gathered together for the day.

Because we all have so much going on in our busy lives, we know that it’s sometimes easy  to lose sight of the blessings that we do have.

To Bigelow Tea, celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends is uplifting. It’s as much about the promise of a bright future as it is a celebration of the day. We love all the special family traditions – the after-dinner family stroll through the neighborhood, the hymns at church, the family scavenger hunt, the children’s craft table … and of course there are the culinary treats that await, like the aroma of the roasted turkey, stuffing,  and pumpkin or sweet potato pie cooling on the windowsill. (And of course, our favorite flavors of Bigelow Tea after dinner.) It’s all part of this uniquely American holiday experience that nourishes and refreshes the soul.

So while you embrace your family and celebrate the season, here at Bigelow Tea we send our warmest  wishes to you. From our family and the entire working family of Bigelow Tea, here’s to a fantastic day, and may the blessings of the day provide you with an opportunity to enjoy the most important ingredients in our lives.

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Join Bigelow Tea in the Fight Against Diabetes – One Cup of Green Tea at a Time

“Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.”

George Carlin

Approximately 75 million Americans are affected by diabetes.  And the numbers keep growing – with one out of every three children potentially facing a future with this disease.  That’s why it’s so important to join the movement to Stop Diabetes®.  Launched by the American Diabetes Association, the movement helps raise national awareness about this healthcare crisis: how it can be managed, controlled, and – most importantly – prevented. Since November is American Diabetes Month®, Bigelow Tea would like to highlight a few tips which may help to fight this chronic illness.

First, maintaining a healthy weight. Obesity is one of the greatest risk factors leading to Type 2 diabetes , so it’s critical to follow a healthy regimen combining nutritious food, portion control and physical exercise.  Yes, exercise! This doesn’t mean you have to sign up for the next marathon! Daily walks, gardening, and even working around the house – they all count as physical exercise!


Then, consider drinking green tea regularly. There are volumes of research on diabetes, with some human, animal and clinical trials supporting the theory that catechins found in green tea may help to fight — and may even help prevent — diabetes.  Green tea certainly seems to be a popular libation of choice these days…and placing the health benefit factor aside for the moment, green tea simply tastes great!  So many reasons, so do have yourself a cup and enjoy!

Assorted Green Tea Tin

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Bigelow Tea’s Commitment to the Environment Is Recognized by the Connecticut Green Building Council

Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof top of our Fairfield, CT, Corporate Headquarters and manufacturing plant

Bigelow Tea was excited to see that the U.S. Green Building Council’s Connecticut Chapter included a thorough—and thoroughly wonderful!—article in its Fall Newsletter about our company, our family and our dedication to the environment.

The article “From Green Tea to Green Power” focused on the many efforts Bigelow Tea makes to manufacture its teas in a sustainable manner. From the immense photovoltaic solar panels on our roof to our commitment to ethical and sustainable sourcing for our teas, Bigelow Tea has made sustainability a priority. To learn how these solar cells work, check out “How Stuff Works.”

In fact, this year Bigelow Tea was also named a “Business Leader for Energy Efficiency” by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) at its 2010 Energy Efficiency Summit.

So we’re thrilled that the CT Green Building Council took the time recently to share our sustainabili-TEA initiatives with their readers.  As the article’s author states, “Evidently the Bigelows are as passionate about their environment as they are about their tea!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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Sustain Your Community with Kindness on Thanksgiving

“While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few,
it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.”

~ Lady Bird Johnson

As we enjoy this beautiful season of Thanksgiving, we pause to reflect – with humble gratitude – on the blessings we have.  Inevitably, our thoughts focus on family. Not just our family –as in relatives –but our extended family of friends, co-workers, neighbors and community at large. And when a member of the family is in need, isn’t it the most natural thing to band together and lend a helping hand?  That’s what we do at Bigelow Tea. We consider it all part of  Sustainabili-TEA; and we endeavor to practice it each and every day. Why? Well, because it’s the right thing to do.

Here are a few ideas on how you can help sustain your community this season:

  • Visit the elderly over the holiday season.  Bring the kids (and even your pet pooch!) along for the visit – they’ll brighten up the place in a flash!
  • If you know of one of your neighbors who will be spending Thanksgiving alone, invite him or her to join you and your family.
  • Volunteer at your local church or community center. They’ll appreciate the help and support.
  • Cook and serve up a holiday feast at the nearest homeless shelter.
  • Get together with friends, families and neighbors throughout the season. Organize some fun outdoor activities that you can all enjoy.

Kindness is a gift that has a long shelf life. So as you prepare to celebrate the season, join your fellow neighbors and spread that kindness around to those in need.  And, from all of us at Bigelow Tea, a most joyous and productive Thanksgiving!

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