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Reflect Back On 2016 With Bigelow Tea

bigelow-tea-journalBefore you go on to make 2017 the *BEST YEAR YET*, hold on just a sec. As we wrap up 2016, let’s take a moment to reflect on the year—the good, the bad, the great, and the fab. Actually, if you’re up for it, why not start a new tradition this New Year’s Eve? Grab some friends or your family members, sit down at the kitchen table with mugs of Bigelow Tea, and look back over the last 12 months. Connect with your loved ones over conversation and create one more special memory for 2016. You’ll be surprised at what you learn—about others and yourself. We’ve even got a list of questions to get you started.

Reflecting on 2016

  1. Describe a day from this year that you could live over and over again.
  2. What was the most important conversation you had this year?
  3. What did you or your family accomplish this year that you are most proud of?
  4. What was your favorite tea flavor?
  5. Share the best piece of advice you received this year.
  6. What was the hardest day of your year?
  7. Did you prefer your tea hot or iced this year?
  8. Choose three words to describe your year.
  9. How would someone at the table describe your year in three words?
  10. What was a lesson you learned this year?
  11. What was your favorite family vacation or place to visit?
  12. What goals did you meet this year?
  13. Where was your favorite place to enjoy a cup of tea?
  14. How was your family supportive this past year?
  15. What was something nice you did for someone?
  16. What was your favorite book to read?
  17. What does your family need to do more of in 2017?
  18. What made you laugh the hardest this year?
  19. What are you most excited about for in the upcoming year?
  20. What did you love most about being in your family this past year?

What other questions will you add to the list? Tell us and share your photos of your “reflection session” by tagging #TeaProudly!

From our family to yours, we hope you have an awesome New Year. Bring it on, 2017!

Ring In 2017 With One Of These Snazzy Drinks Made With Bigelow Tea!

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You can’t ring in 2017 without a drink in your hand, right?! On a night as special as New Year’s Eve, you’ll definitely need a fun and festive beverage to match. And if you’re hosting guests, you’ll absolutely want to dazzle them… Prefer something bubbly? We’ve got you covered. Going for a cocktail with extra oomph? No problem. Want to keep things family-friendly and nonalcoholic? Easy. Here are six delicious drinks to consider — and, of course, they all share a not-so-secret ingredient: Bigelow Tea!

Hot Eggnogg’n Buttered Rum

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Ingredients

6 tea bags Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea*
6 cups (48-ounces) hot water

Spiced Butter:

¾ cup light brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon salt
8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum
Whipped cream, optional

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

Instructions

In large glass bowl, place tea bags; add hot water. Brew for 4 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags. Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute). In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and 6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea

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Ingredients

¾ cups (180mL) boiling water
Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
1½ tablespoons (22.5mL) unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons (30mL) sugar
2 cups (500mL) whole milk
3 cinnamon sticks
Whipping cream, optional

Instructions

Pour boiling water over Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze out excess tea from tea bags. Place tea in saucepan, stir in cocoa, sugar and cook until dissolved or just until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in milk and continue to heat until mixture is thoroughly heated. Pour into cups and garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipping cream, if desired.

Orange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine

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Ingredients

4 cups red table wine
Bigelow Orange & Spice® Herbal Tea Bags
½ cup light brown sugar
1 bay leaf

Instructions

Try a Bigelow “Naughteas” Cocktail – a drink made using Bigelow Orange and Spice herbal tea and alcohol. Place red wine in a medium saucepan and heat to simmer. (DO NOT BOIL.) Add tea bags and let sit over low heat for 30 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Add sugar and bay leaf, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let wine sit over low heat for another 10 minutes, then remove bay leaf. Reheat and serve as needed.

Sparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch

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Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Raspberry Holiday Punch

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Ingredients

2 cups Cranberry Juice or Cran-Raspberry Juice
Juice of ½ lime
2 cups ginger ale or lemon lime soda
Sherbert (Raspberry or Lime)
1 quart (4 cups)
Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal Tea chilled

Instructions

Mix together all ingredients (except soda and sherbert) in punch bowl. Just before serving, add soda slowly to punch bowl and stir gently. Add ice and garnish with fresh lime slices and sherbert. **Either Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea or Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal hot tea bags can be used in the preparation of this recipe. For iced tea, prepare according to directions on the box. For the hot tea bags prepare according to package directions to make iced tea using 6-8 tea bags per 32 ounces boiling water. Prepare ahead of time and chill. Optional Garnish: Make a frozen decorative ring – You’ll need: 1 round fluted pan (bundt, tube pan, gelatin mold) Fresh Fruit Water Fill bottom ⅓ of pan with water and freeze until firm. Add fresh or thawed raspberries around pan, alternating with lime slices*; freeze an additional 15-30 minutes or until semi-firm; add remaining water and freeze until set. To remove ring from container, gently dip in hot water to release edges. Remove and place ring in punch bowl. *Can use orange, lemon or any fruit you want to accentuate.

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

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Ingredients

1 ¼ cups boiling water
Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags*
750-ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

*Variation – Red Raspberry Champagne Punch: substitute 6 Bigelow® Red Raspberry Herbal tea bags for the Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz and substitute ½ cup fresh raspberries for the pomegranate seeds.

Instructions

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

What Time of Day is Tea Time for You?…Bigelow Tea Wants To Know!

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You and I both know that there is a tea flavor for every tea lover and every time of day. And because our #TeaProudly community sips for different reasons at different times, we would love to know more about your special moments (because isn’t tea drinking a wonderful part of your day whether sharing a mug or sipping on your own??). So…are you waking up to the smell of Earl Grey, or perhaps you wind down at night with a hot mug of Sweet Dreams, or maybe your favorite time to drink tea is after you finish yoga practice. No matter what time of day you enjoy your favorite steaming cup (or glass of iced tea), tell us: what time of day is tea time for you?

Shake Up Your Next Party with Bigelow Tea’s “Constant Comment” Cosmo!

For Bigelow Tea third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow, it’s not a party unless there’s tea involved! And entertaining (especially during the holidays!) is even more fun when you can blend your favorite Bigelow teas into new recipes. We have some awesome entertaining tips to help inspire your inner tea party host which includes making the most delicious (and unique) Cosmo cocktail just in time for your company to arrive…the secret is using our “Constant Comment” tea as the base (a flavor created over 70 years ago by Cindi’s grandmother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow). Watch Cindi prepare these delicious “Constant Comment” Cosmos and follow along with our simple recipe!

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Constant Comment Tea Bagsbigelow-tea-constant-comment
  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • Garnish with orange twist

Instructions

Place Bigelow “Constant Comment®” tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water and cinnamon stick, let brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and cinnamon stick, add sugar and orange juice and stir. Chill 20-30 minutes in the freezer. Place cooled sweet tea mixture and 4 ounces of vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist. To make one Cosmo, place two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with 1 ounce vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

Bigelow Tea Has Got You Covered During Gluten-Free Baking Week

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Cakes, cookies, pies, oh my! The holidays are full of delicious baked treats, but if you’re one of the up to 3 million people in America with a gluten allergy—or simply avoid grains as a lifestyle choice—this time of year can be tricky to navigate. You’ll be glad to know that Bigelow Tea has you covered during Gluten-Free Baking Week (and the rest of the year!).

People who cannot have gluten—particularly those diagnosed with Celiac Disease—have to watch what they eat. And what they buy. Symptoms of Celiac Disease include diarrhea, nausea, weight loss, skin rash, joint or bone pain, abdominal bloating and anemia, so it’s important to restrict any gluten intake if you have this condition.

Good news, though: tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage! So, in addition to enjoying the benefits of being absent of gluten, studies suggest tea may be good for your gut, too. Antioxidant compounds, known as catechins, in green tea may inhibit bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, according to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. And on top of that, additional research has indicated that when green tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer’s development than the undigested form of the tea.

As grocery stores are carrying more gluten-free goods, the FDA has issued specific rules on what products can be labeled “gluten-free.” While tea may be naturally gluten-free, sometimes a tea or even an herbal tea may contain a small amount of gluten-containing grain as an ingredient. With very few exceptions, most of our teas are naturally gluten-free. Just look for “gluten free” or “not gluten free” with the ingredients list on the box.bigelow-tea-gluten-free-cookies

Check out these delicious gluten-free recipes made with Bigelow Teas that you can make at home. Providing gluten-free teas is just another way we try to help everyone enjoy our fine, high-quality teas, no matter what your diet. A lot of passion, enthusiasm and dedication go into every one of those overwrapped teabags. Well, that and some really great gluten-free ingredients! As always, we are #TeaProudly!

Spill it to Bigelow Tea: What Makes You #TeaProudly?

bigelow-tea-tea-proudly-mugBigelow Tea lovers, unite! We tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s why we are all about sipping our #TeaProudly. Whether you love your tea most when sharing it with family and friends, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch, or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – the ever-trendy cup of tea brings us together while reminding us of the past. So, sit down with a mug and chit-chat with us in our latest survey.  We’d love to know…

 

Beauty Secrets From Bigelow Tea!

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We love Bigelow Tea in our cup, but it’s also our secret to looking fabulous! Yes, really – tea is good for you in so many ways, both inside and out. It can do wonders for skin, hair and nails. In fact, hippie_mom even makes lip balm with green tea – talk about lip smacking! So rev up your beauty routine with some of these must-try tips!

Get gorgeous nails with green tea.
You probably already know that green tea is chock full of antioxidants; it’s good for your insides, but also outsides – it can make nails stronger! To help strengthen brittle, weak nails, soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes (also a good opportunity to enjoy a mug of the stuff with the hand that’s not soaking!). This remedy can also get rid of yellowing on nails as well.

Who needs mouthwash when you have tea?
All the sugary treats this time of year are risky for causing cavities. If you just can’t say no to the sweet stuff and there’s no mouthwash on hand, simply swish a mouthful of tea for clean teeth! One study found that the polyphenols, chemical components of tea, stop bacteria that are to blame for bad breath and cavities from growing. Now show off your smile!

Bag eye bags.
Too many holiday parties and late nights showing up on your face? Give tired, achy and puffy eyes a helping hand with tea – no expensive eye creams necessary. Just soak two tea bags in warm water and place them over closed eyes for about 20 minutes- the tannins in the tea help with puffiness. We’re not responsible if you fall asleep…!

Wash that grey right out of your hair.
Get rid of those pesky greys without a pricey trip to the salon or basking your head in chemicals. You can make your own natural dye using brewed tea and herbs (we swear, this is simple enough even for those of you who aren’t DIYers.) Try this recipe: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. Then saturate wet hair with the concoction.  Blot hair and don’t rinse. Voila- naturally dyed-tresses, and no one will know it’s not all you!

Smelly feet be gone.
Between cramming feet into sheepskin boots and slippers and stuffing them in snow boots, your tootsies may not be getting enough air during the cold winter months, leading to foul feet. Try a daily tea bath to get rid of the stench- just soak feet in strong tea for 20 minutes daily. This is also a great excuse to sit back and relax!

See ya, zits!
Banish breakouts without unloading dollars at the drugstore. Keep a pimple from rearing its ugly head with this simple remedy. Place a warm teabag on the spot for several minutes. That’s it. Then go about your day with clear skin. The astringent qualities of tea will help shrink the breakout.

Bring on the blonde.
This trick for light hair colors may sound familiar to those of you who tried chamomile tea to lighten locks back in junior high (like we did!) Guess what? It actually works! Just steep chamomile tea for about 10 minutes, cool, then rinse hair with it and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Try it a few times before shampooing for extra lightness and brightness.

Spill it here- what are your tea-riffic beauty secrets that include tea?

Stumped On What To Serve For The Holiday Feast? Turn to Bigelow Tea!

bigelow-tea-christmas-treeIt’s beginning to “cook” a lot like Christmas! Whether your holiday plans include hosting the gang at your place, joining a festive family potluck, or just making a quiet dinner at home with your loved one (and your favorite tea by your side) ,Bigelow Tea has just the recipes for a main course that’s sure to become the main attraction for the evening! For taste buds that are tempted by succulent duck, hearty pork, or mouthwatering shrimp, these meals are all special enough to shine at any holiday event. And when you tell your guests you cooked up your culinary masterpiece with tea, we’ll be waiting for the report back that you received a round of applause. Read on for how to make these holiday meal masterpieces!

Pan Seared Duck with Orange & Spice Gastrique

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Ingredients

  • 10, 6 ounce Duck Breasts, with skin on
  • 4 Shallots, minced
  • ½ cup  Sugar
  • ½ cup White wine, Chablis
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 4 tea bags of Bigelow Tea Orange & Spice
  • ½ cup Butter, cubed

Instructions

Score duck breast on skin to form cross hatch marks. Season both sides with salt and peppers and place skin side down in preheated pan. Sear till fat is rendered and skin is crispy. While duck is searing combine sugar, vinegar, wine and tea bags, let cold steep. When duck is crispy turn and let brown on other side. Cook till medium rare. Remove from pan and pour off excess duck fat leaving enough to sweat shallots. Let duck rest. Cook shallots till transparent and add sugar, wine, vinegar and tea mixture. Reduce till sauce becomes thick and syrupy. Add butter and whisk in till fully incorporated. Slice duck on a bias and plate then evenly distribute sauce for each breast.

Lemon Ginger Shrimp

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Ingredients

Instructions

Put 8 cups water in a pot. Add 4-5 Lemon Ginger Herb Plus Tea Bags. Bring water to a boil. Add shrimp to boiling water and cook approximately 3 minutes or until shrimp are pink. Drain. Shrimp can be used over pasta with garlic olive oil, steamed broccoli and sun dried tomatoes.

Roast Loin of Pork with Spiced Apple Cider Apples

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Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups (975mL) boiling water, divided
  • 1 box Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
  • 2 ½ lb. (1kg) pork loin roast
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Apple Garnish:
  • 4 large firm cooking apples, peeled and cut into slices
  • (example: Fuji, Granny Smith, Cortland)
  • 1 cup (250mL) reserved (from above) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) brown sugar

Instructions

Boil water and add 20 Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal tea bags. Let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove bags by squeezing well and discard. Make slits in the roast and insert garlic slices. Combine 2 ½ cups (625mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea with olive oil, bay leaves and salt and pepper in a large plastic bag, add pork roast and marinate for 8 hours or overnight in refrigerator. Refrigerate 1 cup (250mL) reserved Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea for Apple Garnish. When ready to roast pork, preheat over to 350ºF (180ºC). Remove meat from marinade, place meat in roasting pan and put into oven and roast for approximately 60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink inside and thermometer reads 160ºF (71ºC). Meanwhile, prepare apple garnish by combining reserved 1 cup (250mL) Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea and brown sugar, place in large skillet, add apple slices and cook on medium heat until liquid has reduced and apple is tender and flavored with tea. Serve slices of pork with apple garnish.

We want to wish the happiest of holidays to all our fellow tea drinkers (and tea-using chefs as well!). We hope your season is filled with joy, love, and memorable moments with your favorite mug of tea of course! Cheers to all the proud tea lovers! Tell us, what plans are on your holiday agenda this year, and what special tea flavor do you plan to drink to celebrate the occasion?

Another Reason To Be #TeaProudly…Learning The ABC’s Of Tea Leaves With Bigelow Tea

We all know that drinking tea soothes souls and invites conversations but hey, what exactly is in that mug and how does tea become the most perfect beverage in the world? Take a break, sit back and check out this awesome video where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow (of Bigelow Tea of course) gives us the scoop on tea leaves and more. Here is a brief rundown that sums it all up:

  • The three types of tea all come from the leaf bud and leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant. You’ve got your green,  your black and your Oolong. And It’s all about the air…exposure for different amounts of time is what gives you the various tea types.
  • The black tea Bigelow uses originates from either Sri Lanka or India where the tea leaves and buds come from the highest mountains and gardens for an extra beautiful tea!
  • Green tea is unfermented, which means it’s not exposed to air. It’s steamed or pan fried and then chopped up, leaving a vibrant green color and one-of-a-kind taste.
  • Black tea is chopped up so that all the juice in the leaves and leaf bud’s vein is exposed to air; it ferments for about 6-8 hours, and then the coppery black colored tea is dried and chopped again.
  • Oolong tea is semi-fermented. The leaves and bud are chopped and exposed to air for around 3 hours, then dried or chopped.
  • These types of teas all have different caffeine contents, because as they are exposed to air, the caffeine comes out. But where do the various types stack up, caffeine-wise? Here’s a cheat sheet:

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  • Drink your veggies in a tea cup? We’ll take it! Tea is like drinking the brew of a vegetable, as Cindi says. Tea is high in antioxidants and a good choice for a healthier lifestyle, according to the tons of studies done on the drink!

As you can see, there’s always more to discover about the amazingness of tea which is all part of living the #TeaProudly lifestyle. Tell us here, via social (using #TeaProudly) or join us on www.teaproudly.com, and let us know what you find most interesting about this beautiful beverage?

Bigelow Peppermint Teas + Holidays? Yes!

bigelow-tea-peppermint-herbal-teaIt’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaar! Hello, December! This season was made for all things cozy and warm, and a cup of Bigelow Tea is no exception. Don’t get us wrong — like you, we like to drink tea all year ‘round, but there’s something extra special about cuddling up by a fire or with a blanket, and a mug of tea. And what goes better with the cold weather outside than the cool and crisp flavor of Peppermint? (Though, we suggest enjoying that flavor inside, where it’s warm…)bigelow-tea-peppermin-bark-seasonal-tea

We love the versatility of peppermint. It’s clean and invigorating, and we use only the smoothest, most refreshing peppermint in a variety of our flavors, such as Peppermint Herbal TeaSweet Dreams® and Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea. In fact, few people realize that peppermint is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint, but everyone recognizes its iconic minty-fresh scent! And when we say everyone, we mean all the way back to ancient times: dried peppermint leaves are said to have been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dated back to 1,000 BC. Whoa, kind of like history’s first air freshener…

Since then, peppermint has also been recognized for its medicinal properties — research indicates that it may aid in digestion, and may help to ease abdominal pain and nausea, alleviate hay fever symptoms, enhance memory and increase alertness, and clear your respiratory tract. As if you needed another reason to drink a cup beyond how delicious it tastes, right?

Whether you’re looking for a wake-up call in the morning with our Green Tea with Mint, or a soothing retreat before bed with some Mint Medley or Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea, it’s no wonder that mint is one of our most wildly-loved ingredients. Give it a try – who knows, maybe (just, maybe!) you’ll find your comfort and joy in a cup.

Don’t forget to share your coziest peppermint moments by tagging #TeaProudly on your favorite social media channel or come over to www.teaproudly.com and share with us there.  Either way, let’s share a mug or two together!