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Beat the Heat with Bigelow Tea’s Refreshingly Cool Iced Tea!

The temperature barometer is rising with each summer day, so perhaps you’re thinking about something cold and refreshing to quench your thirst?  Bigelow Tea to the rescue with some delicious iced tea recipes to cool you down! Sip and enjoy!



2    Bigelow I Love Lemon® Teabags
1    Bigelow English Breakfast Teabag
½   cup boiling water
2½  cups cold water


Pour boiling water over 2 I Love Lemon® teabags and 1 English Teatime® teabag.
Steep 3-5 minutes. Remove teabags.  Add cold water.  Sweeten to taste.
Pour into tall glass filled with ice.



10 Bigelow® Teabags, any variety*
4 cups of boiling water, set aside 1 cup
¾ cup sugar
2 cups ice cubes
4 tablespoons fresh lemon, lime or orange juice (optional)


Steep teabags in 3 cups boiling water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pour remaining  1 cup boiling water into a medium saucepan; stir in sugar. Bring back to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Boil 5 minutes; remove from heat.

Squeeze liquid from teabags ; discard bags. Pour tea into 13×9-inch baking pan, stir in sugar mixture. Stir in ice until dissolved. If desired, stir in juice.  Freeze 4-5 hours, stir once an hour during last three hours of freezing. Tea mixture should be partially frozen so it is icy/slushy, but not frozen solid.  Spoon frosty iced tea into dessert dishes;  garnish with fresh fruit, mint sprigs – as desired.

Yield: Six 2/3-cup servings

*Green Teas tend to be milder in flavor; so when preparing with any Bigelow® Green Teas, use 15 bags.

Tips: If mixture becomes frozen solid, defrost on counter about 15 minutes and break up, using ice cream scoop or strong serving spoon.

Bigelow Tea Bids a Fond Farewell to Harry Potter

For fans of the Harry Potter book and movie series, this summer marks a turning point in their lives: the final Harry Potter movie, released in July. Like millions of other muggles out there, Bigelow Tea has been thoroughly entertained by J.K. Rowling’s novels and the films based on them … and we just might be sobbing quietly into our cup of tea when it’s all over!

We’ve blogged before about how tea helped Harry get through some tough times and how the actor who plays Harry (Daniel Radcliffeenjoys his tea on and off the set. Makes us wonder … do you think Harry drinks Lemon Lift before an important quidditch match!?  And also on our blog, we’ve mentioned the author’s fondness for tea as well.

So, as the clock winds down on all things Harry, we’d like to sip a little English Teatime and say “thank you” to Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the gang for the hours upon hours of entertainment you’ve brought to children and adults all over the world!

As we raise our cups of tea and toast Ms. Rowling and everyone else that played a part in the creation of the Harry Potter phenomenon, we are exceedingly grateful that we can always re-read the novels and rent the movies! So, instead of “farewell,” let’s just say “until we meet again!”

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How Many Cups of Bigelow Tea in Your Daily Habit? Take Our Survey!

When it comes to sugar, fat and alcohol, we’re all striving for moderation, right? So let’s hear it for something delicious and indulgent that we can drink to our hearts’ content: Bigelow Tea of course! We just can’t get enough of our greenblack or herb tea…and as we’re always curious about the consumption habits of our customers, Bigelow Tea is wondering about your daily cup(s) of tea!  Tell us about it in our new survey…

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National Grilling Month and National Ice Cream Month are Both Bigelow Tea Favorites!

Bigelow Tea thinks July is pretty special, being both National Grilling Month and National Ice Cream Month! So grill out with a fantastic Bigelow Tea recipe, then whip up a Bigelow Tea infused Ice Cream treat for dessert!  Here’s the skinny:

Our Lamb kebabs are delicious, feature  Bigelow Constant Comment®, and are perfect with whipped sweet potatoes! Then top off your night with IIce cream – it cheers us up when we’re sad and it makes kids jump with glee! Our Minty Chocolate Ice Cream Float will do the job!

Dinner off the grill and ice cream – the quintessential summertime treat!

Lamb Kebabs with Mashed Sweet Potatoes


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.


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.
And don’t forget dessert!

Minty Chocolate Float


Bigelow Plantation Mint® Teabags
6 cups water
3 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 quart chocolate chip ice cream (or mint chocolate chip)
12 tablespoons club soda

Yield: Serves 6


Place 6 cups boiling water over teabags in heat-stable container. Let steep 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove teabags; add sugar and chocolate syrup. Stir until dissolved. Allow tea to cool, then chill in refrigerator, at least ½ hour. To serve, place 1 scoop of ice cream into each glass. Add the tea mixture. Top off by adding 2 tablespoons club soda to each glass. Serve immediately.

July is a Month for Family Ties and Bigelow Tea

July is National Family Reunion Month, and it’s the perfect time of year to spend some extra time cavorting with the family!  Most schools are out of session, people tend to be more laid back in the summer, and so it’s the right time of year for some outdoor fun. Whether you organize a family camping trip, a day-long picnic at a park or a home-based party,  July and National Family Reunion Month is the time to do it!

It’s funny, in today’s world filled with technology and social media – we are in better contact with our relatives than ever before via cell phones, video conferencing and Facebook. But if you can’t remember the last time you actually hugged your sister, sharedcup of tea with your grandchild or threw a ball with your nephew, this summer might be the time to take another step forward in your family contact!

You know that Bigelow Tea is all about family, and we’ve blogged about the essential bonds of family before. We know that we garner much strength from our loved ones, and we value our own family history at Bigelow Tea a great deal.  And isn’t it great that tea and time with loved ones go so well together?

Bigelow Tea knows that we couldn’t make it without family, and we’ll take the opportunity this month to make important memories that will last a lifetime!

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Bigelow Tea is Intrigued by Selena Gomez’s Tea Drinking Habits

It’s easy to see why pop sensation Justin Bieber fell for actress/singer Selena Gomez. The 18-year-old star, famous for her role as Alex in the Disney Channel’s hit series Wizards of Waverly Place, is charming, multitalented and wholesomely adorable!  Celebrity watchers here at Bigelow Tea are smitten, too – especially since we learned that Selena adores tea! She’s seen here sipping tea during a photo shoot!

Selena has said she drinks “iced tea like crazy,” and that it reminds her of home in Grand Prairie, Texas. Since branching out as the lead singer in the band Selena Gomez & the Scene, she takes extra care of her voice. Her unusual regimen involves drinking olive oil before performing, and afterwards kicking back with warm tea, lemons and pickles! We bet she’d find Cozy Chamomile very soothing, with or without the pickles!

Clearly, this young star isn’t one to follow the typical celebrity crowd. Her new albumWhen the Sun Goes Down, has been garnering very positive reviews for upbeat and squeaky clean songs, like “Who Says?,” that have a refreshingly positive message for her young fans.

Having recently wrapped her final season of Wizards, Selena has already made a seemingly effortless transition to grown-up films and entrepreneurial ventures. She starred in her first feature film, Ramona & Beezus, last year and appears this summer in Monte Carlo. Oh, and somehow this teenager has also found time to start her own production company and fashion line!

We’re not sure how Selena does it all, but we applaud her as a worthy tea-drinking celebrity role model!

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Bigelow Tea Honors the Grand Tradition of Wimbledon and Tea!

A Wimbledon High Tea at the Royal Horseguards Hotel

There is nothing more quintessentially English than a Wimbledon Afternoon Tea! When the recent 125thWimbledon Tennis Championships were in full swing, hotels and tea rooms throughout the United Kingdom were offering some unique and delectable Wimbledon Teas!

If you’ve been lucky enough to have attended this spectacular event and to have been seated at the prime location of Centre Court, no doubt you enjoyed the games while sipping some flavorful tea, along with strawberries, cream, scones, champagne and canapés—all served by an exceedingly polite and proper British butler!   In fact, Wimbledon employs the largest catering operation for a single annual sporting event, with a massive staff of 1,800 men and women who serve approximately 300,000 cups of tea any given day during this fortnight-long spectacle! Indeed, Wimbledon is so much more than an international tennis competition.  Its gentrified hospitality lures people from around the world each summer. Participants and spectators alike get to experience a little taste of aristocracy!

Past Wimbledon champions Serena Williams … and sister, Venus Williams!

Not everyone can hop over to London to soak up the Wimbledon experience … so at Bigelow Tea, we prepared our own afternoon tea and watched the tournament on the “telly.”  And we were wowed by the spectacular moves of some of our American tennis stars, like Serena and Venus Williams!  They make us proud! Let’s raise our mugs of tea to all of Wimbeldon’s great competitors!

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Bigelow Tea’s Summer Sustainabili-TEA Tips for Keeping the Pests Away

There is nothing more annoying than a mosquito bite … except, perhaps, when our beloved pup treks in from the yard infested with fleas!  So, Bigelow Tea has gathered up some “natural” tips to help you ward away the nasties while you enjoy an iced tea and summer family time!


Bees, Wasps & Hornets

  • Repel bees, wasps and hornets with strong smelling herbs (spearmint, thyme and eucalyptus). You can plant some in your yard or rub the oils on your skin.
  • Repel wasps with citrus oil, cucumber peels, or make a natural wasp trap.
  • Treating stings:  Ice and cold water. But if you experience difficulty breathing, throat swelling, dizziness or vomiting, rush to the emergency room. Wasps and hornets are venomous!


  • Give Fido a natural flea repellant dog treat (Brewer’s yeast and garlic repels fleas).
  • Other natural remedies:  lemon spray, apple cider vinegar, and rosemary flea dip.
  • Place cedar wood chips in corners of rooms, near pet bedding and furniture.
  • Plant the herb Pennyroyal in your garden.

Spiders and Scorpions:

For ordinary spider bites, begin treating with cold water and ice (which reduces swelling), then apply a natural paste from herbs like basil, turmeric and olive oil, lavender and vegetable oil, or garlic. Bite symptoms lasting over 12 hours should be treated by a physician. And, of course, If you’re bitten by a venomous spider or scorpion, rush immediately to the nearest emergency room!

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Rory McIlroy’s Stunning U.S. Open Victory

Golf phenom Rory McIlroy, the record-breaking 2011 U.S. Open winner, has stolen our hearts here at Bigelow Tea. Yes, the 22-year-old Irish lad with the tousled hair and freckles thrilled us with his virtuoso performance, becoming the youngest player to win a Major tournament since 1923 (and on the heels of his brutal defeat at the Masters). But what really impressed us is the inspiring story behind Rory’s success, which just happens to involve tea!

Raised in humble circumstances in Northern Ireland, Rory’s talent and passion for golf were apparent at a young age. His mom Rosie worked the night shift at a factory, and dad Gerry worked three jobs to help make Rory’s dreams possible. Yet Gerry says he always made sure to be home every afternoon for tea with his family! It’s just a small piece of the story, but those of us who appreciate tea know that teatime rituals can strengthen relationships and bring family and friends closer together.

As we’ve noted before on our Bigelow Tea blog, the Irish could certainly teach us a thing or two about teatime! It’s nice to know that Rory started with such a solid foundation, which is sure to serve him well amid the pressures of fame and high expectations.

As for Rory’s Dad Gerry, he was in the gallery on the final day of the Open, straining to get a glimpse of his son through the crowd, while Rory proceeded to dust the competition by 8 strokes, for a phenomenal 16 under par for the tournament!  Gerry was there each morning to give “Rors” a pep talk before teeing off, and then on the final day for a Father’s Day victory hug. Here’s hoping they find time to savor the moment over a warm cup of tea!

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On Independence Day Bigelow Tea Brings On The Red, White And Blue!

As we celebrate the Fourth of July at Bigelow Tea, the red, white and blue continue to inspire us!  It’s a day to wear a red T-shirt and blue jean shorts, maybe lay out a tri-colored tablecloth, hang the stars & stripes and perhaps make a simple red, white and blue dessert like strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream!  With the patriotic colors and spirit of Independence Day, we thought we’d share suggestions for red, white and blue teas to drink too!

Red: our Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea with raspberry, elderberries and rose hips, is delicious and refreshing!White: Bigelow Tea makes an all-natural, organic White Tea With Raspberry & Chrysanthemum that’s smooth and delicate … and Blue: one of our most popular herbal teas, Blueberry Harvest, is bursting with blueberry flavor! And blueberries happen to be packed with antioxidants, so feel free to indulge!

For a truly patriotic blend, we’d love to suggest our American Classic Tea, grown and produced right here in the U.S. of A at our Charleston Tea Plantation! We wrap this singular blend in red, white and blue packaging and send it to the men and women serving in our armed forces as part of our Tea for the Troops initiative. Check out our Facebook page and specially created tab regarding Tea for the Troops for more information, and maybe leave an Independence Day note for them on our wall!

So, as you enjoy your red, white and blue tea on Independence Day, don’t forget to take a moment to remember those who fought to give us our freedom … and those who continue to serve and protect us today.

Happy Fourth of July!

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