Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Tangy. Tart. Sour. All words used to describe the beaming lemon. And no better time than National Lemonade Day for Bigelow Tea to celebrate this wonder fruit. In fact, Bigelow Tea makes a Half-and-Half Iced Tea and Lemonade blend of rich black tea and lightly sweetened lemonade that’s brew-ready and super-refreshing! The perfect cup to drink today … and everyday! Twitter pal @mariatack knows it’s “perfect for a hot day.”
So, while we’re on the subject, some lemon tidbits to brighten your day…
Lemons possess detoxifying and antibacterial properties, skin brightening benefits, work to repel insects, and are a great source of potassium, which helps with clear thinking, normalizing blood pressure and regulating water balance. Cleansing, astringent and aromatic, dipped in salt or baking powder, lemon juice can even polish copper pots and fine silver. Wow, what can’t the lemon do?
So, where are lemons grown? On US soil, mainly in California and Arizona, although the lemon tree flourishes in temperate climes and is iconic to the mountainous landscape of Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, the birthplace of limoncello.
And here’s a fascinating ditty: when given a choice of eating an orange, grapefruit, peach, apple or lemon, cows will choose lemons first! The assumption being: The juice works wonders as a digestive aid.
So don’t be a sourpuss! Turn lemons into Bigelow Tea lemonade today. And drink up!
Monday, 18 August 2014
Ah, summer…it’s a special time for Bigelow Tea for so many reasons! The weather is bright and sunny, there’s always a BBQ going on, there’s plenty of iced tea AND plenty of time to play ball! Bigelow Tea loves the boys of summer, and baseball in August also means the Little League World Series, happening August 8th–24th in Williamsport, PA. This famous international baseball tournament for young players between the ages of 11 and 13 is also broadcast nationally on ESPN.
To legions of baseball fans “the world comes to Williamsport, Pennsylvania” in August. The Series has been going on since 1947–hey, that’s just a couple of years after Bigelow Tea company founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow developed the family-run company’s first “Constant Comment”® blend!
It’s a given that there will be some great action on the diamond this month with the USA teams from eight regions across the U.S. joining teams from all over the world. There’s a good chance that Bigelow Tea Family friend and historic spokesman Joe Torre will be watching these future baseball stars take the field!
Bigelow Tea fan Sydney Burris tweeted recently: a day without Bigelow Tea Chai is an incomplete day – it’s just like a summer without Little League Baseball! PLAY BALL!
Image by USAC via Flickr.com
Friday, 15 August 2014
For many tea lovers, summer is all about traveling and seeing the world—with tea in hand! Facebook fan @DianaWay tells Bigelow Tea that she has iced Plantation Mint “in my ‘fridge 365 days a year.” If you, like Diana, cannot live without tea, you can always bring your travel mug— but if you’re flying across the country or sailing the high seas, it’s quite likely that Bigelow Tea is being offered somewhere close by.
Yes, it’s true! Your favorite Bigelow Tea varieties are found on the following cruise lines: Princess, Holland America, Costa and MSC. Bigelow Tea is also served high in the sky on American Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines, Delta and Hawaiian Airlines! So, as summer travelers are stowing their tray tables and saying “bon voyage,” a hot mug of Bigelow Tea is never far away.
Please share your tea and travel stories! The Bigelow family would love to know … where did you find Bigelow Tea this summer?
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
It’s that time of year again. What seemed like an endless summer has now come to a sudden halt. College students have wrapped up once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunities, said good-bye to their parents for another semester, and moved back into their dorms. All these changes combined with figuring out your class schedule can be stressful—but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few “Back to College” tea drinking tips from Bigelow Tea:
- It always helps to have an assortment of Bigelow Tea for every occasion: A cup of Earl Grey for the morning, Green Tea with Mango for an afternoon pick-me-up, and Cozy Chamomile to unwind after a busy day of classes and studying. Bigelow Tea also has a number of assorted teas packs, perfect for college living.
- Heat your tea water with an electric tea kettle or in your dorm microwave. Both are space savers and multipurpose. If you’re looking for temperature directions, here’s a handy guide to bookmark on your cell phone.
- This Tea for One Personali-Tea mug is a great way to begin your college journey. It also comes with an assortment of flavors, so you can enjoy the teas you like most while making new discoveries.
- Socialize with Bigelow Tea. Whether you’re studying or looking for a quiet night with your roomie, there’s a flavor for every occasion. Don’t forget to check out the delicious drink recipes online!
As college student @ayyojitos mentioned, it’s “time for some shut eye so I can sign up for classestomorrow. #backtocollege.” This is the perfect time to steep a mug of Chamomile Mango Herbal Tea and spend a few minutes relaxing. Bigelow Tea’s college survival tips: Stay calm, make friends, study hard, and drink tea!
Keep us posted on your accomplishments throughout the semester and remember to send us your #backtocollege tea sippin’#mugshots!
Monday, 11 August 2014
The World Cup in Brazil certainly generated excitement this summer, but did you know we had some world class competition right here in the U.S. this July? The World Lacrosse Championships were held in Denver, Colorado over six days in July. The sports lovers at Bigelow Tea enjoy competition and know there are many sports and teams to root for—just like there are so many teas to choose from! It’s no wonder Bigelow Tea fan gingerlymade.com, asked recently: what’s your favorite Bigelow Tea?
The Federation of International Lacrosse may not be a household name, but lacrosse has a long and storied history in the New World, just like tea. In fact lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in North America, originating with indigenous peoples as far back as the 17th Century. Players use the lacrosse stick to catch, carry and pass the small rubber ball, in an effort to score on the opponent’s goal. Players wear protective gear because the game can get pretty rough!
Lacrosse has been gaining popularity for years. In fact, this year’s “World Cup” Lacrosse Championship (also held every four years) had a record 38 nations in competition. The tournament drew 150,000 visitors over six days, culminating with the July 19th battle between Canada and the United States. Alas, Canada came out on top! Like a good cup of Bigelow Tea and the Bigelow family itself, Lacrosse is a part of U.S. history!
1st image from Instagram via @brittney_taylor, 2nd image by Bill Brine via Flickr.com
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Beat the summertime heat with Bigelow Tea as you try out some delectable, peach-inspired recipes—in celebration of National Peach Month. One of the most abundant, refreshing and succulent fruits to enjoy at this time of year, the peach is made even more tasty when paired with Bigelow® Green Tea with Peach! Try these tasty Bigelow Tea concoctions and enjoy some dinner and dessert!
Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches
- 1 whole chicken – cut up – about 4-5 pounds
- ¾ cup water
- 6 Bigelow Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Freshly grounded pepper and salt to taste
- 4 fresh peaches, halved and pitted
Directions (for Marinade):
In a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring water to the boil and add teabags, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes reducing liquid by ¼. Stir in honey and black pepper.
Directions (for Grilling Chicken):
Preheat grill. Rub chicken with the olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place chicken on grill, turn to medium low heat (or use “Indirect” cooking according to grill instructions) and brush with Green Tea with Peach marinade. Cover grill and cook chicken for 15 minutes, brush again with marinade, and cook for another 15 minutes, turn over and brush with marinade and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Check chicken with a meat thermometer which should read 140-150*F. Remove from heat. Brush peaches with marinade and place cut side down on grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes. Turn, brush with marinade and grill for another 3-4 minutes.
Time: 55-65 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream
(Pictured at top)
Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
ChillingTime: 4-6 hours
FreezingTime: 25-30 minutes
Yield: 1 Quart
Photo (at very top) via Wikimedia Commons.
Monday, 4 August 2014
Teen singing sensation Austin Mahone has a sweet spot for tea. Yes, Bigelow Tea recently read a Q&A with Austin in US Magazine where he revealed that he’s actually “obsessed” with it!
In the article, the 18 year-old pop star shares 25 things “you don’t know about me,” and #3 is: “I’m really obsessed with drinking sweet tea.” Now “sweet tea”—iced tea with lots of sugar—is a big part of life down south, and because Austin was born in Texas and now lives in Miami, he’s got good reason to love sipping sweet iced tea. The Bigelow Family has strong ties to the south too, growing American Classic Tea right in Charleston, SC on its own Charleston Tea Plantation!
Bigelow Iced Tea is delicious when sweetened or not, so if Austin or any of his fans, known as “Mahomies” want to brew some of their own, maybe they’ll give one of Bigelow Tea’s many varieties a try!
If iced tea is your favorite summer drink—we know it’s yours @AyahNimer!—do you like it sweet? And which Bigelow Tea variety do you use most often?
Friday, 1 August 2014
Start the fall semester on the right foot and enter to win a Fine Tea & Herb Tea Assortment from Bigelow Tea for yourself or a special college student in your life! This prize is all about varie-TEA with 64 assorted teas, each individually wrapped and stored in a handy box that tucks neatly into the tiniest dorm room or kitchen. Just pick your fave flavor for late-night studying, hangin’ with friends or fighting off the occasional case of homesickness.
A total of 24 winners will take home this awesome tea sampler. It comes with eight tea bags each of the following flavors. Enjoy hot or iced:
So head over to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page to enter. Simply “like” the page (if you haven’t already), click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page, and follow the entry instructions or if on your mobile device, click here. Be sure to share the sweepstakes on Facebook and Twitter to get more entries. You can enter once per day until the sweeps ends on Aug. 27. Check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re one of the 24 lucky winners.
Good luck … and Bigelow Tea wishes all those going back to school (and their parents) a TEA-rific year!
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
We are so excited to announce our July sweepstakes winners. Please allow time for us to contact you to confirm your mailing information but we do hope you enjoy your Bigelow Tea once it arrives!! We hope our tea delights you!!
Leland L. from Illinois
LaNessa G. from Tennessee
Tammy C. from Ohio
Tori B. from Kansas
Shelia W. from Ohio
Susan C. from Kansas
Melissa M. from Pennsylvania
Ivette C. from New Jersey
Monica K. from Indiana
Sherry B. from Pennsylvania
Sheryl S. from Missouri
Margaret R. from Washington
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Singing about “tea for two” is so 1925! Yes, sharing tea is awesome, but sometimes sipping solo is really the best part of the day. Here are two gift sets for people who like to have their mug of Bigelow Tea in peace. The Tea for One and Green Tea for One gift sets each come with an exclusive Personali-Tea Mug, 44 Bigelow Tea bags and a 3-oz jar of Savannah Bee Company honey—all neatly packed in a keepsake box.
These gift sets are ideal for those who can’t live without their #dailycup and appreciate a good mug! It’s always fun to see adoring Bigelow Tea “mug shots” on Instagram, like this shot from @mandaleigh8905. Thanks Amanda, for sharing the love! So go ahead … make someone’s day with Tea for One!