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Soothe and Refresh with Bigelow Peppermint Tea

bigelow tea peppermintBigelow Tea knows that some fans prefer their hot cup of tea to be minty fresh. For these crisp, pure-mint lovers we suggest our Peppermint Herbal Tea. Few people realize that peppermint is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint, but everyone recognizes its iconic mint scent! And at Bigelow we use only the smoothest, most refreshing peppermint from the Western US to create this simple single-ingredient tea.

bigelow tea peppermint herbalPeppermint, experts claim, is known to help aid digestion and calm the stomach. Its calming effect is also said to help treat headaches, skin irritations, and symptoms of the common cold! No wonder you’re almost instantly relaxed with one whiff of a mug of Peppermint Herbal Tea!

And like all herbal teas, Peppermint Tea is naturally caffeine free. Herbal teas are blends of the finest herbs and spices, but do not contain any of the camellia sinensis plant, better known as “tea.” So next time your stomach is rumbling, your head is pounding after a long day in the office, or you just need a peaceful zen moment, you can rest easy reaching for a warm mug of Peppermint Tea like Facebook fan Linda LaCoste Suraci.  Enjoy!

Let’s Open Some Bigelow Tea Fan Mail!


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For 70 years, Bigelow Tea has heard feedback from tea drinkers around the world. And throughout that time, hearing from you—our fantastic fans—has been a highlight of our day. We’ve heard about family traditions and the part that Bigelow Tea plays, and have read about your favorite flavors (and not-so-favorite flavors, sometimes!) and recipes. As the times and technology have shifted from letters and envelopes to emails and website reviews, what hasn’t changed is the love for Bigelow tea.

Judy in Seattle said that “Constant Comment®” is the “only tea for me!” She began drinking the flavor when she was 4 years old and her mom would take her to visit a family friend. Judy shared that she would drink it every day after school, and to this day, she’s continued the tradition after work and many times a day on the weekends. She said, “Tea time has been a ritual in my life that has given me great comfort and I have passed it on with my own family. I have tried hundreds of teas in many countries always looking for another tea that I liked as much as ‘Constant Comment’ and I have never found one that compares. Thank you so much for the amazing blend of tea, citrus and spices. It is absolutely perfect!”

bigelow tea mint medleyOn the other coast in Tallahassee, Georgianna loves Mint Medley. She said that she drinks it every day at work. “It makes me feel warm and cozy at my desk!”

 

 

bigelow tea green tea with lemonAnd Jen in Kansas City wrote that her go-to flavor is Green Tea with Lemon. She even credits the tea with helping her break her diet soda habit. “This tea is so light and refreshing with a perfect pop of lemon flavor. It is wonderful hot, but I especially love it over ice for an invigorating afternoon pick-me-up.”

 

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Fran from Fairview Park loves Perfect Peach in the evenings, and thinks it tastes like a warm peach pie in a cup. “The back note of spice is perfect, and with a little milk and a little sugar, it’s like a relaxing 14-calorie piece of pie. Delicious!”

 

 

Mornings, afternoons and evenings—whatever the time—Bigelow Tea is a great choice. Do you have a favorite story or memory with Bigelow Tea? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

Say Yes To Bigelow Iced Tea Cocktails (Recipes Included!)

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This summer, cocktails with tea are news and The Washington Post is reporting on it where the author waxes poetic about tea and checking out various iced tea cocktail recipes. “Through cocktails, I’ve come to be an appreciator of tea. It falls right under bitters on my list of ways to add flavor without adding much alcohol or sugar.”

After over 70 years of making tea, Bigelow® Tea, a third generation family run business, knows a thing or two about tea cocktails. Cindi Bigelow, president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, likes to refer to our proprietary drink recipes as “naught-Teas.”

As the temperature heats up, what’s more refreshing than a tall glass of iced tea than one with spirits stirred in?  So why not “tea-up” and mix up a pitcher of refreshing tea cocktails. To inspire you, here are two of Cindi’s favorite “naught-Teas” recipes, Bigelow ® Long Island Iced Tea Lemonade and Bigelow® Citrus Tea Cooler.  You can find recipes for many more refreshingly spirited tea cocktails on our website. And if these inspire you to create your own Bigelow® tea cocktail recipes, we invite you to share your recipes with us!

Bigelow® Long Island Iced Tea Lemonade

Ingredients

*Variation: Try using Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate

Instructions

Place tea bag in 2-cup glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep 8 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bag; cool, set aside tea concentrate. In large pitcher stir together all of tea concentrate, gin, rum, vodka, and triple sec; stir. Fill a large glass with ice and add about 6-ounces of tea lemonade mixture. Add a splash (½ ounce) each of cola and sparkling water to each glass. Garnish with an umbrella and lemon slices or a piece of fruit. Enjoy.

Bigelow® Citrus Tea Cooler

Ingredients

  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 10 Bigelow Lemon Lift® Tea Bags
  • 2 bunches fresh mint (about 1.5 oz)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4-6 lemons)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice (from about 3-4 large oranges)
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Instructions

This refreshing punch is perfect for summer. The combination of Bigelow’s® Lemon Lift Tea, fresh citrus juice, and mint is a delicious variation on southern “Sweet Tea”. Place the fresh mint in a large glass pitcher or bowl, and add boiling water. Add the tea bags and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Remove tea bags and all the mint leaves. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Pour in the lemon and orange juices and allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Add vodka.  Refrigerate until cold. Stir before serving. Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnished with lemon.

Learn Why Bigelow Uses Tea From Sri Lanka

 

bigelow tea sri lankaHigh in the mountains of Sri Lanka grow acres of gorgeous tea plants renowned for yielding a light, bright brew prized as “the champagne of teas.” Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow fell in love with tea from the region and initiated a partnership that has endured for 67 years! Third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow was thrilled to visit this tiny island country in South Asia to meet the folks who expertly hand-pick tea leaves used in Bigelow’s black teas.

For a rare peek inside the tea gardens of Sri Lanka, check out Cindi’s Sri Lanka journal and videos. And here are a few more interesting facts highlighting why Bigelow Tea embraces Sri Lankan tea producers as part of its extended global family:

  • The British planted the first camellia sinensis (tea) plant in Sri Lanka in the 1800s following a blight that had wiped out the coffee crop, sparking new traditions built around tea farming.
  • Today, tea cultivation is a $1.5 billion industry in Sri Lanka employing more than 1 million people who produce the world’s most expensive tea.
  • Before 1972, while under British colonization, the island was known as “Ceylon.” Hence tea from Sri Lanka is still called Ceylon tea.
  • Every tea estate in Sri Lanka with which Bigelow Tea does business is part of the Ethical Tea Partnership, which promotes fair treatment of workers and sustainable farming practices.
  • With high elevations that can exceed 6,000 feet, Sri Lankan tea gardens boast extremely favorable soil and weather conditions for growing delicate tea plants.
  • Each Sri Lankan estate prides itself on producing signature teas—much the same way vintners age wines for different tastes.

Enjoy the delicious results in your mug of Bigelow black tea! @Daniela441 tweeted his love for English Teatime. What’s your favorite Bigelow black tea blend?

Keep Cool This Summer With Bigelow Tea

bigelow tea strawberryToday is the first day of summer so it’s a great time to celebrate with warm-weather treats. While barbecue, ice cream, and cool drinks are synonymous with the season, the calories can add up if you’re not careful. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to celebrate summer eating without overdoing it, as Huffington Post reports in their “Summer Eating Survival Guide.” Try these three tips and may the summer games begin:

Choose Iced Tea Over High-Calorie Cold Drinks

From iced coffee drinks to shakes, sipping to stay cool can derail a diet. Huffington Post suggests quenching your thirst with no-calorie iced tea. Since June is National Iced Tea Month, it’s the perfect chance to try some

of Bigelow Tea’s tasty flavors on ice. Some delicious possibilities could include Green Tea With Mango, which is extra refreshing when cold or Perfect Peach for a no-calorie iced treat.

Eat Well At Backyard Barbecues

Good news! Grilling is one of the healthiest ways to cook, according to Huffington Post—as long as you choose lean cuts of meat. Quick suggestion: at your next BBQ and for a truly memorable flavor that won’t add fat and calorie, cook with Bigelow Tea. After all, who could beat an Earl Grey barbecue sauce?!

Try a Smoothie Instead of Ice Cream

While a creamy desert now and then is part of summer, you can treat yourself without overindulging with a low-calorie Herbal Tea Smoothie or an energizing Green Tea Fruit Medley Smoothie (recipes below!).

Have a few summer time tips of your own including awesome iced tea combinations?  We want to hear about it so please leave a comment below!  Have a great summer!

Herbal Tea Smoothie

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Ingredients

¾ cup hot water
6 Bigelow® Herbal Tea Bags: (Perfect Peach®Red RaspberryChamomile Mango®Pomegranate Pizzazz®, or Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal)
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, mangos, raspberries, blueberries, or a combination)

Instructions

In a measuring cup, combine hot water and 6 tea bags of your flavor choice listed above. Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Allow tea to cool, then place in the refrigerator until well chilled. In a blender, combine the yogurt, frozen fruit, and ½ cup chilled tea. Puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve with a straw.

Green Tea Fruit Medley Smoothie

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Ingredients

1 cup water
Bigelow® Green Tea Bags*
1 cup fresh berries, choose from raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries
¼ cup pineapple juice
½ cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup ice cubes

*Variations – Try Bigelow Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & Acai or any other Bigelow Green Tea

Instructions

Prepare tea by steeping 3 Bigelow® Green tea bags in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze out bags and discard. Combine tea and remaining ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy this anti-oxidant drink instead of coffee.

A Note From Cindi Bigelow To Her Father, David Bigelow:  Thank you, Dad, For Your Many Invaluable Lessons!

bigelow tea cindi bigelow and dadAs the third generation CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea (and daughter of parents who will be honored as pioneers by the Specialty Food Association on June 27 for the significant impact and positive influence they have had on the American specialty food industry), I was recently asked for special reflections this Father’s Day.  I wanted to share them with you.

The most important thing any father can do is give his children the assurance that whenever they turn around, he’ll be there – providing, protecting, advising, loving … all the things fathers are meant to do. And that is exactly what my father did for my sister and me. ​

He raised me to have same sense of fairness as my moral compass in all aspects of my life.  He also taught me to be successful without being successful at someone else’s expense. ​For my father, the highest calling is to be a good, decent human being. He lives by that in business and with his family.

Over the years, David Bigelow continues to be an inspiration as Chairman of the Board, a father and a husband.

Everyone should be as fortunate as I am, because one of life’s greatest blessings is to have a father committed to doing right in a world that often confuses right and wrong. His philosophy is very simple: be honest, be fair, be concerned about others more than yourself and remember that success has many different definitions.

Thank you, Dad, for your many invaluable lessons and more importantly, the power of your example.

With my warmest Father’s Day wishes to dads everywhere,

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Bigelow Green Tea With Wild Blueberry And Acai, A Triple Play Of Flavors!

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Bigelow Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai is a triple play of ingredients rich in flavors and deliciousness plus multiple studies tell us it offers many health benefits, a perfect combination! 

Bigelow Tea starts with tea leaves grown high in the mountains, hand-picked and gently steamed to preserve its natural goodness (unlike black tea leaves which come from the same plant, but are crushed and allowed to oxidize fully).

With the expertise that comes from three generations of making America’s most popular tea flavors, the Bigelow Family blends the green tea leaves with wild blueberries and acai berries. The result is just the right balance of sweetness and tartness: the perfect cup of tea.

So next time you make yourself a cup of green tea, go a little wild and try Bigelow Green Tea with Wild Blueberries and Acai. And this summer, why not try a great idea from Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Eunice Fishmeyer, who says it will be “delicious and refreshing when iced.” We agree!

So Happy To Hear We Aren’t The Only Ones Loving Bigelow Iced Tea!

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During the summer months, drinks get cooler and the days get longer and now that we are in June, that means one thing—it’s time for iced tea! Easily made and enjoyed by the pitcher or by the glass, iced tea is a low-calorie way to stay hydrated. And this June, what better way to celebrate National Iced Tea Month than with a glass of Bigelow Tea over ice? To help you decide on which flavor to savor, we’ve collected a few of our favorite reviews and comments from fans like you. Check them out:

  • “You know when people say, ‘This is the best such-and-such I’ve ever tasted.’? Usually an exaggeration. I’m saying it; and I really mean it. I adore this stuff. I tried one pack of it on a whim. It. was. amazing. The next time I went back to the store, I purchased 7 more boxes. That’s 42 quarts of tea, folks. We burn through it so fast.” – Heather from Bellevue, who is a fan of Bigelow Half Tea & Half Lemonade with Pomegranate.
  • “Deliciously awesome!” – John from Whitestone, who loves the Iced Tea and Lemonade flavor.
  • “This is my most favorite tea! The aroma is absolutely amazing and it actually does taste like a peach pie in a cup! Great way to help unwind! :)” – Emily from Emporia, referring to Bigelow Perfect Peach® Herbal Iced Tea.
  • “Other than coffee and water, Bigelow Red Raspberry Iced Tea is the only liquid I consume on a daily basis. I don’t like any other tea nearly as much. It is so good it doesn’t even need sweetener of any kind!” – Carol, Pilot
  • “I have been buying Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea by the case several times throughout the summer for close to ten years now. I love it with three or four lemon slices and sweetener. Tastes like raspberry lemonade to me, soooooo refreshing on a hot summer day.” – Lee, Salt Lake City
  • “One of the best teas I have ever had.” – Charles from Fremont, who enjoys Green Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea.

In the event your favorite flavor is not one in the Bigelow Iced Tea line, you can always add ice to your go-to brew!

  • “We are huge fans of I Love Lemon. It is the perfect balance of lemon, lemongrass and rosehips and is never too tart. The hint of peppermint is a welcome bonus too. We enjoy it year round, hot or iced… Thank you Bigelow for making such a great tea blend and hope you’ll always keep it in your lineup!” – Terry, Charlotte
  • Catherine J. Curtis suggests a glass of “Chai with some vanilla soy milk, sugar and ice!”
  • Sandy from White Springs likes to make a gallon of iced tea by combining two bags of Orange and Spice Herbal Tea with two bags of Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea + Probiotics. “I love its blend of spices!”

We also love to see the feedback on our social media channels. Linda Cunningham shared the tip of combining Bigelow Green and Black tea over ice on our Facebook page, and Cecil Young, Jr. commented that his favorite Bigelow teas to enjoy iced are Green Tea with Lemon or Earl Grey@LukeIsASequin tweeted that his favorite flavor over ice is Constant Comment and @LeahTweetr is a fan of Mint Medley.

Of course, you could always follow B from Newtown’s lead: “During family meals we only serve water, seltzer, milk, orange juice, and Bigelow iced tea!!!” Now that’s a tradition worth getting behind with your family or friends this summer. Ahhh… we can already hear the ice clinking. Enjoy!

Bigelow Tea Recognizes Men’s Health Week With A Gut Check

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When it comes to men and belly fat, there’s no middle ground. Carrying a paunch poses serious health risks. In honor of National Men’s Health Week (June 12-19), the Bigelow Tea family is sharing ideas to help guys whittle their waists.

Extra poundage certainly isn’t just a man’s problem, but male weight gain tends to be concentrated in the midsection, while women are more likely to gain weight in the hips, limbs and breasts. Regardless of overall weight, excess belly fat increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, some cancers, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. OK, that’s the bad news … the good news is that men can take charge with a fitness plan that suits their individual food preferences and lifestyle.

Consider Marv Leicher’s weight loss success story on WebMD. After trying a few different diets, he lost weight initially but always saw the pounds creep back. Sound familiar? Marv’s light bulb moment came when he realized he could stick with certain elements of each diet, but not all of them. So he picked the ones that worked for him, like eating a big breakfast and eliminating soft drinks. No more trying to leave food on his plate. He lost 30 pounds and has kept it off for a year.bigelow tea classic green tea

If replacing soft drinks is something you would consider, Bigelow Tea is the perfect replacement. Whether it’s Green Tea or a favorite black tea variety, like Earl Grey, unsweetened tea is a wonderful way to hydrate without adding extra calories. And during Iced Tea month, it’s even better over ice!

So guys, here’s to finding your personal path to fitness—and enjoying the journey with plenty of your favorite Bigelow Tea!

 

Image by Ellen Munro via Flickr

Celebrate Spring With Seasonal Recipes From Bigelow Tea

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Now that flowers are blooming and days are getting warmer, it’s the ideal time to enjoy the flavors of spring with delicious recipes from Bigelow Tea.

Add a little bit of spring sunshine to your meals by featuring aromatic flowers and fruity choices from Bigelow Tea as an epicurean theme. With over 120 flavors of specialty tea with the finest ingredients to choose from, there are countless ways to make dinner delicious. Lemon is one option that is great for springtime, and Bigelow Tea uses zesty yet sweet lemon that is grown with only the highest of standards.  Impress guests with this uplifting flavor by making Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze as a deliciously light main course.

Spring flowers are a feast for the eyes, and Jasmine Green Tea captures the joy of fresh blooms in every sip. Enjoy this fragrant experience at dinnertime with  Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits.

No festive meal is complete without a luscious dessert. A thick slice of I Love Lemon® Quick Bread is a refreshing way to end the meal, along with a cup of your favorite flavor of Bigelow Tea to sip!

Did you enjoy these recipes? Let us know what you think!

Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze

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Ingredients

  • Bigelow Lemon Lift® Tea Bags
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • Butter
  • 4 catfish or other flat whitefish fillets, blotted dry
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup flavored bread crumbs

Instructions

Pour ½ cup boiling water over Lemon Lift® tea bags and steep for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags; squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. In a small bowl combine tea with mayonnaise and minced shallots. Mix until blended. Heat oven to 375º. Lightly butter a shallow heat-proof pan. Lay the fillets in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Spread the tea/mayonnaise mixture over the fillets. Cover with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes until fish is opaque and the top golden brown. Serve immediately.

Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups brown rice
  • 4 qt water
  • Bigelow Green Jasmine Tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Rinse rice in several changes of cold water until water runs clear. Drain well in a sieve. Bring water and tea bags to a boil, set aside. Meanwhile melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice, green onions, salt, pepper and fruits. Stir until onions start to soften and rice starts to get white around the edges 8-10 minutes. Remove tea bags from water, squeezing well, discard. Carefully pour Bigelow tea water over rice-it will bubble and steam up- stir and reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, raise lid and cover rice with a cotton (non terrycloth) dishtowel, replace cover. Let stand, covered and undisturbed, 10 minutes. Open lid and remove dishtowel, fluff gently with a fork. Note: Basmati rice can be used instead of brown rice, for extra jasmine flavor.

I Love Lemon® Quick Bread

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk
  • Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1-½ cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
  • ½ tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions

Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease 4″ x 9″ loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Alternate adding tea-infused milk and flour mixture; stir after each addition. Add lemon rind and stir until well blended. Pour batter into saucepan. Sprinkle poppy seeds evenly on top. Bake 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.