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A Bit Of Luck On St. Patrick’s Day With A Greenie Mar-TEA-ni

Something is stirring here at Bigelow Tea, and it’s not a just cup of aromatic Earl Grey tea! With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, there seems to be a little luck-of-the-Irish swirling around our kitchens. Yes, we’ve seen evidence of little Leprechauns creating a special form of mischief here at Bigelow Tea! Well, they haven’t really been making mischief, but they did make the yummiest “Greenie Mar-TEA-ni,” using our Green Tea! So why not forgo the green beer this year and instead mix up a batch of Bigelow Tea to celebrate the day. Who knows? On this St. Patrick’s Day you might spot some gold at the end of a rainbow!

The Greenie Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Green Tea Bags (can use any flavored Bigelow Green Tea)
1¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Green Tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.  Add sugar and stir until it dissolves.
To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Yield: Serves 4

Image by Sillydog via Flickr.com

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Wake Up With Bigelow Tea – With Or Without Caffeine

Caffeine – it helps make mornings tolerable for lots of people. We can certainly relate! But how much caffeine is too much? In recognition of National Caffeine Awareness MonthBigelow Tea is checking the latest buzz about caffeine and sharing some tips for you.

You might be confused by some oft-repeated myths about the effects of caffeine’s. For instance, while caffeine is sometimes referred to as a “drug” and thought to be addictive, many health experts say these claims are exaggerated. Caffeine does stimulate the central nervous system and can cause mild physical dependence, but according to WebMD “…caffeine doesn’t threaten your physical, social or economic health the way addictive drugs do.” So enjoy your morning tea guilt-free!

Researchers say that caffeine also offers potential health benefits with studies suggesting caffeine can help reduce the risk of some cancers and boosts cognitive functions. Other properties in tea include L-theanine and antioxidants, adding to its healthful profile. Still, it’s important to understand your overall caffeine intake, and recognize how it can add up. Physicians say 300 mg of caffeine per day is acceptable for most healthy adults. Keep in mind that Bigelow Tea’s black teas contain only 30-60 mg of caffeine – ¼ to ½ the amount in coffee. Our green teas contain 25-50 mg of caffeine.

Some people are more sensitive to caffeine and may choose to cut back. Fortunately Bigelow Tea offers lots of great decaffeinated teas too (with 1 to 8 mg of caffeine) and delicious herb teas, which are completely caffeine-free! You can even learn a DIY trick for cutting out the caffeine in your favorite tea: Cindi Bigelow shows you how in this video.

Now, during Caffeine Awareness Month, you can be more fully aware that no matter how much caffeine you prefer … a cup of Bigelow Tea fits the bill!

Photo by the Murphyraines via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Salad Dressings Make Veggies More Exciting!

Since March is National Nutrition Month and at Bigelow Tea we’re inspired to help “get your plate in shape” with healthier eating! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables – a strategy that instantly adds color, vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet.

We know … slicing and dicing produce sometimes can feel like a chore, but try reviving your recipe repertoire with this delicious salad – then enhance it with one of these three Bigelow Tea herb tea-infused dressings. Try ‘em all to find your fave!

Chopped Veggie Salad

Ingredients:
½-1 cup each:

Cucumber (scoop out seeds) diced
Tomatoes (scoop out seeds) diced
Green yellow and red peppers diced
Carrots diced
Zucchini diced
3 tablespoons scallions diced
3 tablespoons fresh dill
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
½ cup of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Instructions:

Cut up all veggies and place in a bowl. Mix. Add dill, parsley, lemon juice and lemon zest.
Dress with any Bigelow Tea Vinaigrette.

 

Lemon Ginger Herb Plus Salad Dressing

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Lemon Ginger  Herb Plus Tea Bags
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced shallot
2 teaspoons fresh mint chopped
Dash of salt

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Lemon Ginger Herb Plus tea bags into a measuring cup, pour boiling water over tea bags and let steep 15 minutes. Squeeze liquid out of tea bags and discard tea bags. Chill. Whisk together chilled tea, shallots, mint and honey. Then add the vinegar, lemon juice and salt. Whisk into mixture. Lastly, whisk the oil into the mixture. This dressing can be used for a garden salad, drizzled on fresh tomatoes with basil or cucumbers and fresh mint.

Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white wine vinegar
Bigelow Herb Plus Wild Blueberry Acai Tea Bags
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 small clove garlic
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
A pinch of black pepper
*Optional – tarragon, fresh, chopped or dried

Yield: 1 1/3 cups of dressing

Instructions:

Pour the vinegar into a small microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for 1 minute, or cook in a saucepan on medium heat, until bubbles are visible. Remove, add the teabags, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags to a small strainer and, using the back of a spoon, press as much liquid as possible back into the bowl. Stir in the honey and mustard, then pour the mixture into an electric blender or a food processor. Add garlic and salt. Slowly drizzle the oil while the machine is running until it is smooth and creamy. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away.

 

Red Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

Bigelow Red Raspberry Herb Tea Bags
1/2 cup of boiling water
2 tablespoons minced onions
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup olive oil or extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

Steep 6 tea bags in 1/2 cup of water for 10 minutes; after the tea bags have been removed, yield will be about 1/4 cup of Red Raspberry® Herb Tea. Saute minced onions and minced garlic in 1/2 of the oil until translucent in color. Add tea, vinegar, salt and sugar. Simmer for about 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Add the remaining oil, whisk vigorously until emulsified. Transfer into a bottle and shake it up before using.

For a more intense raspberry flavor, replace the rice vinegar with Raspberry vinegar.

 

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Bigelow Tea Employee Embraces The Color Orange

I just love the people I work with-walked into our cafeteria this morning and what did I see? …a very loud orange color outfit enrobing this wonderful person who I work with!  I felt compelled to then place our fantastic Pumpkin Spice tea in front of him and snap a photo-hope it brings a smile to your face, it certainly did mine…..

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Profiles Jay-Z: King of Hip-Hop, New Father, And Tea Lover

When we say “Hip-hop”… do you think tea?  When we say “GQ Man of the Year”… does Earl Grey come to mind? Maybe not, but those connections might just make sense when you are talking about the King of Hip Hop, Jay-Z. Born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn, New York, he’s well-known for his music plus his talented and beautiful bride Beyonce and their new baby girl Blue Ivy Carter. But Jay-Z is so much more!

One of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time with 10 Grammy Awards under his belt to date, Jay-Z has eleven number one records, owns his own urban clothing line and has even been proclaimed “King of America” by Rolling Stone magazine!  But what we at Bigelow Tea admire most about this all around talented guy is that he really gives back to the community.  He is the founder of the Shawn Carter Foundation which has given out more than one million dollars in education scholarships since 2003.  Community involvement is a priority of ours at Bigelow Tea, and Jay-Z exemplifies it to a “tea.”

And what else?  You guessed it, Jay-Z loves his tea!  When talking about his recent award as GQ Man of the Year, it was noted that “by the time we get around to [talking about] real life, Jay is ordering mint tea and leaving a dessert sampler untouched.”  A pass on dessert, but an order of tea – this man is our new favorite!

Jay-Z is as successful as it gets in the hip-hop world and his many other business ventures, but he still remains intrigued with accomplishing more.  “There’s something else to shoot for,” he says.  “There’s always an extra level you don’t know about.”  And, we can’t help but note, there’s always more tea to drink!

Image via Fanpop.com

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Employee Spirit Abounds At Bigelow Tea

We don’t like to brag, but we happen to think that Bigelow Tea has the best group of employees around! And because March is officially Employee Spirit Month, we think it’s the ideal time to again recognize our crew and share a much-deserved pat on the back!

Employee Spirit Month is designed to celebrate the unity of employees, and we have so much to celebrate! Not only do our Bigelow Tea employees complete their jobs with aplomb, but they go above and beyond the call of duty in so many ways. From community involvement to sustainability initiatives, our Bigelow Tea workers are truly top-notch. Last year they even made a hugely popular video about working at our company. We couldn’t be prouder!

You probably know that there is a special page on our website where we share employee stories, and we hope you’ll check it out. Take a look and meet an employee who takes a scooter to his train station to help keep the environment clean, and a couple of team members who took initiative at the plant – and insulated a drafty door. Then there is all that fantastic Bigelow Tea that our team produces every day, let’s not forget that!

Bigelow Tea says thank you to its talented team and hopes that all of you wonderful tea-drinkers out there have tons of employee spirit at your place of business too!

 

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Bigelow Tea Takes A Peek At UV Protection For Your Eyes

Have you got a great pair of shades? No longer just fashion accessories, sunglasses are a must to shield our eyes from damaging UV rays. Bigelow Tea thinks that Save Your Vision Week is the perfect opportunity to take stock of your eyewear and make sure it’s providing proper protection.  It’s easy to forget that our eyes are as vulnerable to the sun as skin. When you’re slathering on sunscreen, grab your shades, too!

Since UV rays are present year-round, it’s important to wear sunglasses whenever you go out, even in winter and on cloudy days. Cumulative exposure year after year can be extremely damaging to eyes. According to a congressional report from Prevent Blindness America, more than 30 million Americans suffer from eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration, both of which have been linked to prolonged exposure to UV radiation. Children need extra protection because the lenses on their eyes are less able to filter UV rays.

Luckily, there are plenty of excellent sunglasses to choose from for you and your kids. What a bonus too, that sunglasses come in so many chic styles! And remember that price isn’t always a good guide; both super-cheap and expensive frames can leave you unprotected. Steer clear of designer knock-offs sold by street vendors. Instead, read labels carefully to select sunglasses that absorb 99 percent to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Check out this link for other helpful tips for choosing the right pair.

Your vision also benefits from healthy habits – like drinking green tea! Research suggests that EGCG, a potent antioxidant in green tea, may help prevent cataracts. So go ahead and treat yourself to a cool new pair of sunglassesand a soothing cup of green tea. You’ll be lookin’ good!

Photo by the izzie_whizzie via Flickr.com

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Rachael Ray Thinks Bigelow Green Tea Is A Winner!

Rachael Ray is at it again! From time-to-time Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine extols the benefits of tea and chooses some of the best ones around. Well Bigelow Tea just learned that in the April 2012 magazine issue, our Green Tea is named “Best Original” green tea!

Here’s a little preview of what the magazine has to say about Bigelow Green Tea:

The only tea to score a perfect 10 from any of our tasters, this fragrant brew is
full-bodied, with an earthy, smooth flavor. One bag creates a refreshing,
energizing morning cup that needs no sweetener.

We think Rachael’s team hit the proverbial nail on the head! Besides being that “refreshing, energizing morning cup,” Bigelow Green Tea also has numerous reported health benefits … and it does taste great too. And we have so many different varieties, that every tea drinker is bound to find his or her favorite. We hope you’ll give us a perfect 10 score too!

Of course this isn’t our first accolade from Ms. Ray and company, last year we were thrilled to find out that our very own Plantation Mint Tea was named BEST in the “black tea with HERB” category.

We’re always pleased to be on the list of Rachael’s “Model Green Teas” – but what we really hope now is that you’ll be sipping a nice hot cup of Green Bigelow Green Tea while you take a few minutes read the April issue!

Image via Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine, April 2012

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Governor Dan Malloy Visits Bigelow Tea

What a wonderful treat….Governor Dan Malloy came out to visit Bigelow Tea!  We had invited him to our facility a few weeks ago while he was speaking at the train station opening next door.  He graciously agreed and stopped by for over an hour to meet all of the employees, tour the facility and get to know more about our family and our tea company.

Both Governor Malloy and his wife are tea fans (she drinks “Constant Comment”), which we were excited to hear about.

The Governor could not have been kinder to all of our employees who quickly lined up to shake his hand and take a photo or two!  It was really important for him to take the time to learn more about our organization and some of our issues as a manufacturer in Connecticut. Gov. Malloy quickly understood we love this state and are very committed to being here.

It was a great visit and he left with a lovely bag of Bigelow Tea which he will be able to share with his staff back up in Hartford!

Cindi Bigelow

 

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Go Green With Bigelow Tea’s March Sweepstakes!

Get ready to go green with our March sweepstakes starting today and running through the end of the month! That’s right, 25 lucky winners will receive a taste of the green with one Green Tea Variety Gift Box, featuring a delicious assortment of Bigelow green teas.

If you’re new to the pleasures of Bigelow Tea green tea, this is a great opportunity to try its distinctive delicate flavor, blended with your other favorite Bigelow Tea flavors. We think you’ll also appreciate the many reported health benefits of drinking green tea. Remember when brewing: take the kettle off just before the water begins to boil. That’s Cindi Bigelow’s tip for preserving all the flavor of those delicate green tea leaves!

Each Green Tea Variety Gift Box contains 8 each of the following teas (64 tea bags in all, total value $13.95):

  • Bigelow Green Tea
  • Bigelow Green Tea Decaffeinated
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Mint
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Peach
  • Bigelow Constant Comment Green Tea
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Lemon
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Mango
  • Bigelow Earl Grey Green Tea

To enter, simply “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) then click the Green Tea sweepstakes tab under our profile picture and enter your name. The sweepstakes ends at midnight on March 31st. The 25 winners will be chosen by random drawing on April 1st!

Enter today, and enjoy going green with Bigelow Tea – anytime!

 

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