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Crazy Good New Year’s Resolutions From Bigelow Tea

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“I’m giving up carbs.” “I’ll never drink again.” “I’m cutting up my credit card.” Tired of making the same yearly promises that you can’t possibly keep? It’s time for some “out-of-the-box” New Year’s resolutions. Here are five tea-centric ones from Bigelow Tea. Choose one—or more!— and Tweet your friends!

#5― Diet Alert! Does your nightly ritual involve a laptop and late-night snacking? Instead of mindlessly nibbling, sip with intention and have a mug of herbal tea.

#4 ― Be Green, Drink Green. Take care of the environment by composting your tea bags, and take care of your body by drinking Bigelow® Green Tea! Simple, right?

#3 ― Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. If you’re a realist and are not giving up sugar and alcohol, water is your way to say “buh-bye” to toxins and “hellooo” to a new, rejuvenated you! Drink water…. and, drink tea.

#2 ― Focus on FriendshipShare tea with friends… whenever and wherever you can. It will make your day. We promise.

#1 ― Tea and ZenMindfulness is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Take the time to gather your thoughts, make a daily intention and sip your favorite Bigelow® Tea.

Join us on Facebook and tell us what you plan to do differently in 2014!

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From Hot Tea To Hot Buttered Rum, Bigelow Tea Is The Perfect Drink!

 btfri_From Hot Tea To Hot Buttered Rum, Bigelow Tea Is The Perfect Drink!

Did you know that any of our Bigelow teas can morph into a delish drink recipe?  Whether you are hangin with friends or hosting your family, we have the ingredients if you provide the bartender.  Check out our Mint Medley MojitoSangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea LemonadeOrange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine or our Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum (recipe below).

And….we bet you have a recipe to share.  If so post a picture with a link on Instagram and tag with #bigelow so we can check it out and try a few on our own.  Now enjoy this recipe which is pure awesomeness!

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum

Ingredients:

6 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice 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
1/8 teaspoon salt

8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum

Whipped cream: optional
Extra pumpkin pie spice: optional

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea  or Bigelow Apple Cider Herb 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, and6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts.

Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of spice, if desired.

Bigelow Tea Wishes You A Very Merry Christmas!

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From the Bigelow Tea family to yours, we wish you a warm, healthy and happy holiday!

Trimming Bigelow Tea’s #Eco Tree With Upcycled Ornaments!

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Maybe the holidays aren’t a time to talk trash, but it’s unavoidable today because Bigelow Tea trimmed its tree this year with 100% upcycled ornaments made by Bigelow Tea employees! Trash to treasure indeed. If you love getting crafty during the holidays (like our friend Sarah White on her Our Daily Craft blog) you’ll go gaga for these creative and eco-friendly ornaments. A box of Green Tea became a sweet choo choo, wine corks–yes, we drink other beverages besides tea!—were transformed into a reindeer, and a garland made of foil Bigelow Tea bag wrappers tied the whole thing together. It’s a beautiful thing when “sustainabili-TEA” and holiday spirit come together. Feliz Navidad!

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A Cup Of Bigelow Tea Makes Us Feel Sparkly All Over!

 

What gives you that little boost to your day, that extra spring in your step? Maybe a new pair of boots, maybe a new scarf? We like that, but the first thing that makes our day special is a great cup of Bigelow Tea—it makes us feel sparkly all over!

Of course, since all of our wonderful teas ignite their own heat and make us feel jazzy, any cup that you choose for your special morning cup can be your “perfect cup.” So we have a question for you. Let’s say you’ve put on the kettle, your teatime treats are arranged on a plate and you’re looking for that extra special something from your tea selection: which Bigelow Tea favorite would you choose to sip out of a cool, sparkly mug? Hmm … perhaps Bigelow Tea’s invigorating Pomegranate Pizzazz? What do you think?

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And if it’s cocktail time, consider making a batch of Sparkling “Constant Comment”® Tea Holiday Punch. A little effervescence certainly goes a long way! Whichever Bigelow Tea you decide to pour, we know of nothing better than the power of tea to give you a special start to every day!

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A Holiday Tune—Guaranteed!—To Cheer You From Bigelow Tea

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Ready for a sweet dose of holiday cheer? All you need is 51 seconds and you’ll be grinning ear-to-ear. (Hey, that rhymed!) Jose Feliciano visited Bigelow Tea in Fairfield, CT and brought down the house with his joyous, iconic holiday song, “Feliz Navidad!” (You can see more about this visit here) Get a nice, big mug of something fun, like Pomegranate Black Tea, hit “play,” and sing along with him. Chances are, your co-workers and kids will want to join in too. And feel free to share it, like @green_tea_store did! Happy Holidays from Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea Thinks Vince Gilligan Is Brilliant

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They say Vince Gilligan, creator of the Emmy award-winning television show “Breaking Bad,” is brilliant. We at Bigelow Tea happen to agree. Is he brilliant because he created one of the most intriguing and unpredictable shows ever on TV? Yes. Is he brilliant because he developed a show that we, and millions of others, watched week after week? Yes. Is he brilliant because he is constantly sipping on a jumbo-sized container of unsweetened iced tea, which he calls “brain juice?” Well, yes indeed!

We think Vince is onto something with regards to unsweetened iced tea. It’s refreshing, it’s calorie-free and it’s great to cool down with. In fact, fresh brewed iced tea is a fantastic substitute for sugary soft drinks all year long. Clearly this refreshing brew gets Vince’s imagination rolling too!

At Bigelow Tea we have so many flavors and varieties of tea that can all be served over ice! We can just imagine Walt and Jessie (the two main characters of “Breaking Bad”) sipping iced Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb Tea or our Green Tea with Pomegranate. Or maybe they would combine Green Tea with Wild Blueberry Acai … they are a little crazy, you know!

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So, while Vince continues to sip on more iced tea, hopefully thinking up new and equally intense shows for us, maybe we should drink more iced tea too. The possibilities for tasty “brain juice” seem endless with Bigelow Tea!

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Bigelow Tea Gratitude

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Gratitude. That’s what November’s sweepstakes was all about. Hundreds of Bigelow Tea fans entered the sweeps and shared what makes them happy and grateful. The list included family, health, spouses, pets jobs, friends and tea of course! Here are some of the wonderful things that Bigelow Tea customers said they’re thankful for this year.

“Being able to relax with a hot steaming mug of Bigelow Chai Tea after work.”
– Jacqueline from Kentucky

“Our U.S. Military.”
– Ann from California

“The roof over my head and the pillow under it.”
– Ellen from New Mexico

“My family and soon to be born baby girl.”
– Amy from New Jersey

“The two rescue kittens that have made our family complete.”
– Beverly from Maryland

“What my special needs son has taught me.”
– Geralyn from New York

“Tea-chers.”
– Amy from Ne Hampshire

“Family that loves me no matter how nutty I am.”
– Debbie from West Virginia

“Blue sky.”
– Esther from Missouri

“Wonderful winter days enjoying a delicious cup of Bigelow Tea while snowflakes fall outside.”
– Donna from Ohio

Thank you for sharing these beautiful sentiments … and keep them coming any time, just like @ChristineMcGee, who recently shared that she was “so very very grateful” for family, friends, love and health. May your gratitude sustain you through tough times and keep you smiling during joyous ones! Happy holidays!

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Get Your Gluten Free Bake On With Bigelow Tea!

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Not digging gluten? Putting the kibosh on wheat? Then Gluten Free Baking Week is your friend! With Bigelow Tea you can bake for the holidays and totally skip the gluten. Our Spice-y Chai Apple with Crispy Oats—made with our Spiced Chai Tea—is sooooo good and way cooler than apple pie.  Check out our Gluten Free Living Pinterest board as well as our website where we are always celebrating being g-free with tea, of course!!

Spice-y Chai Apples with Crispy Oats

Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

1 cup boiling water
Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea bags

Filling:

3-4 medium Apples sliced in thin wedges, approx. 3 1/2 cups -try granny smith, gala or john gold
1 cup tea concentrate
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 TBSP corn starch
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

Topping:

1 cup instant cooking Oats
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter-cold (may use salted with good results)
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 30-35 minutes
8 x 8 pan-buttered or oiled well Yields: 8-10 servings

Instructions:

The exotic blend of apples and spiced chai tea, cardamom and black pepper, leave this not too sweet treat with a bit of heat. Serve on a cool fall evening or enjoy in the morning with a bit of yogurt. This is a gluten free treat!

Heat oven to 400 F.

Place tea bags in boiling water; steep for 5-8 minutes.  Remove tea bags and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add the black pepper, cardamom, and vanilla to tea concentrate. Set aside while you slice apples.

Place apples in a bowl large enough to hold all the filling ingredients, pour tea concentrate over apples and toss well. Let the apples sit with the tea concentrate for a minimum of 5 minutes and up to 10 minutes.

Once your apples have soaked, add brown sugar and corn starch to the bowl-stir well. Pour filling into prepared pan and place the pan uncovered in the oven for approx. 20 minutes. Stir the apples after 10 minutes. Continue cooking another 10 minutes -until apples are tender and the tea sauce is bubbling before you add the topping.

While apples cook make your topping; gather the brown sugar, oats & spices together in a small bowl. Chop the cold butter fine, add to the topping ingredients. Toss well; it will be lumpy with large crumbs. Set aside.

When apples are ready, spread the topping over the apples. Return to the oven for another 10-12 minutes or until the topping is well browned and crunchy looking.

Cool slightly before serving. Serve plain or with a dollop of Greek yogurt, whipped cream, heavy cream or vanilla ice cream.

Top Image by The Travelista via Flickr.com

Gettin’ Figgy With It: Dessert Made With Bigelow Tea!

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Figgy pudding? We don’t even know what that is … and we definitely don’t want anyone to bring us some! But we do adore figs, and we think that figs paired with homemade ice cream sounds like pure bliss! As Bigelow Tea’s Holiday Recipe Week comes to a close, here’s our recipe for Figs Brulée with Vanilla-Eggnog Ice Cream. You’ll savor the retro-holiday taste of Eggnog—courtesy of our Eggnogg’n Tea!—alongside plump, caramelized figs. Totally tasty!

And if you brew our Eggnogg’n Tea this season, snap a shot, post it to Instagram and tag it with #Bigelowtea or #Eggnoggn! Can’t wait to see you sipping!

Figs Brulée with Vanilla-Eggnog Ice Cream

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Ingredients:

1 pint half-and-half
1 cup sugar
Bigelow Eggnogg’n® Tea Bags
2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved, divided
12 egg yolks
18 figs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar

Yield: Makes 18 servings

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Instructions:

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the half-and-half, sugar, tea bags, and reserved seeds from 1 vanilla bean. Cook until the mixture just begins to boil; remove from heat, and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Using a ladle, pour 1 cup of the hot half-and-half mixture in a slow, steady stream into the beaten egg yolks, whisking constantly. Remove the tea bags from the half-and-half, and then add the egg-yolk mixture to the remaining half-and-half in the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, or until the custard reaches 180º on an instant-read thermometer.

Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a stainless-steel bowl set in an ice bath. Stir until the custard is very cold. Freeze the custard in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Preheat oven to 350º. Cut each fig in half, and place each half, cut side up, in a well of a muffin pan.

In a small bowl, mix together the butter and reserved seeds from remaining vanilla bean. Brush the top of each fig with the butter mixture, and bake for 6 minutes.
Remove figs from oven, and evenly sprinkle the cut sides of the figs with the sugar. With a culinary torch, hold the flame about 2 inches above the surface of the figs. Direct the flame in an even back-and-forth motion so that the sugar melts and browns. Serve two prepared fig halves with a scoop of ice cream.

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