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All The Reasons Why We’re Thankful For Harvest Teas

It’s crisp outside, the trees are losing their leaves and the only thing on everyone’s mind is this: cold nights, warm socks, cozy blankets and a cup of Bigelow Tea. Hoping to stay festive? Look no further than the flavors of the harvest. From September to December, autumn brings a bounty of delicious produce like pumpkins and apples. And if you love those things, then guess what? Bigelow has just the selection of teas for you to enjoy.

It’s always pumpkin time.

Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your mom’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like harvest bliss.

 

Apple everything.

When we think of this time of year, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and apple teas like Apple Cider herbal tea and our newest flavor Caramel Apple tea! Want to make the most of a crisp fall day (or just want to feel autumn-y)? A cup of tea will do!

Spicy cinnamon = the best.

Warm up from your toes to your nose with a cup of Hot Cinnamon tea. Sweet and spice and all ingredients nice…that’s exactly what you’ll find in this spicy blend. Waiting for a cup to brew will seriously feel like the longest minute of your life. Cinnamon’s one of the most versatile spices you can find in your cupboard (and in your tea!) – it worth getting cozy over!

Oooohy-gooey caramel.

As if you needed one more thing to sweeten your season, here it is… An all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and caramel with just a hint of salt, the sweet and salty flavor of Salted Caramel tea is a perfect after-dinner (or anytime!) treat. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a lot creamy and butter-y rich and totally ahhh-mazing.

Show your love for the harvest with a cup of tea—the cornucopia of choices makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of this time of year and all that it means to be grateful for good things in the world. Talk about soothing the soul, right?! Tag #TeaProudly and show us how you enjoy your fave flavor!

#TeaProudly With Bigelow Seasonal Teas This November

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As we head into November’s thankful season, we’re beyond grateful for time with our family and friends! And all tea drinkers know the only way to make company and conversation even more enjoyable is over a cup of tea, Bigelow Tea actually!

This month, cozy up to one (or all three) of Bigelow’s seasonal flavors.

If your favorite part of the season is pumpkin spice (and whose isn’t?), look no further than a cup of Pumpkin Spice tea to revel in a flavorful calorie-free treat that makes teatime a cause for celebration. The hearty blend of black tea, delicate harvest spices and pumpkin flavors is filled with the rich, inviting flavors of freshly baked pumpkin pie!

And the goodness of seasonal flavors doesn’t stop there.  Enjoy Apple Cider herbal tea where the taste of crisp and tangy apples mingles with sweet spices in an all natural, caffeine-freebrew. The medley of favorite seasonal flavors is a warming treat for cool autumn days! Or, endulge in a yummy cup of Salted Caramel. A little sweet, a little salty… A cup of this blend of black tea, luscious caramel and natural salt flavors, is a surefire way to warm up inside and out. Keep calm and caramel on, friends.

We couldn’t be prouder of these autumn-inspired teas, rich in tantalizing spices and comforting flavors. We hope you’ll take some time this fall to enrich visits with family and friends over a hot mug of Bigelow tea. #TeaProudly and enjoy!

Bigelow Tea Brings The Flavors of Fall To The Table

bigelow-tea-seasonal-tea-recipesHere at Bigelow Tea, autumn is a much-adored season. What’s not to love about cozy, cuddly sweaters worn on crisp New England days, strolling through vibrantly-colored leaves in every shade of russet and auburn, and of course—the season’s bounty of flavors! To us, Fall means biting into a big juicy apple, savoring a home baked pie, and warming up with hearty meals featuring all the season’s tastiest root vegetables, such as squash and pumpkin. We are thrilled to offer so many fall-themed flavors in our tea repertoire. As well as being a delight to sip, autumn-inspired teas are truly tasty when incorporated into recipes. We wanted to share this menu for a complete harvest-themed dinner that brings in all the savory flavors of the season and celebrates this wonderful time of year.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

Toast to fall fun with the luscious taste of pomegranate. This deliciously tangy fruit is at its peak during the fall harvest and makes a fabulous flavor for a fall cocktail.

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Ingredients

Instructions

Place tea bags into measuring cup and add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar and blend well. Refrigerate until cold. For one drink: Pour 2 ounces of the cooled sweetened tea, 1 ounce vodka, 1 teaspoon lime juice and ½ ounce Triple Sec into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into serving glass.

Roast Loin of Pork with Spiced Apple Cider Apples

Enjoy this succulent yet hearty dish that features the festive zest of spiced 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.

Mashed Acorn Squash with Apple Cider Herb Tea

Squash is in abundance during autumn—take advantage of it at its peak in this tasty side dish.

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Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
  • 4 lbs. acorn squash (about 4 medium or 2 large), cut in half and seeds removed
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400º and place oven rack on middle setting. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and arrange the acorn squash cut-side down on the pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until flesh is soft. Allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, combine hot water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and discard. Set aside. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh of the acorn squash and place in large bowl. Mash with a fork. Add ½ cup of the tea, brown sugar, butter and salt, and stir to combine, making sure the liquid is absorbed. Add more tea (1 tablespoon at a time) if the puree is too stiff. Check seasonings, and add more salt if necessary. Serve hot.

Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

Looking for a luscious end to a festive meal? This warming and filling dessert is the ultimate comfort food treat.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • Bigelow Salted Carmel Tea Bags
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter
  • Pinch Of Salt
  • 8 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk, More If Needed
  • Dash Of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  • Caramel Sauce

Instructions

Steep your 2 bags of Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea in the 2 cups of water.
In a medium saucepan or pot, combine the rice, tea steeped water, milk, cream, butter, and salt. Bring it to a gentle boil, then cover the pot, reduce it to low, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring twice during this stage.
Remove the pot from the stove and add the sweetened condensed milk, and cinnamon.
Return to low heat for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
Remove the pot from the stove and slowly drizzle in the beaten egg, stirring constantly.
Serve immediately in a small bowl. Drizzle with a little store bought caramel sauce and a sprinkle of salt to really put it over the top.
We want to know: What is your favorite way to celebrate fall? Share it here!

Bigelow Tea Is Your Guide To The Ultimate Fall Tea Party

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Are you looking for the perfect excuse to host a gathering? Just grab your favorite Bigelow Tea seasonal flavors and let’s get to the party planning! After all, with the air getting cooler and the days getting shorter—now’s the perfect time to host a fall-themed tea party!

Select the date, the time, the location and the details

Figure out the who, where, what and when. Begin a guest list and decide if you want to go formal or casual—your invitations will need to reflect whichever approach you choose. To us, anytime is a good time for a tea party, but keep in mind that you’ll need to plan things around the time you select.

Invite your guests

Once you finalize your guest list, send out your invitations. Are you keeping it cozy with a small number or guests? Or do you want to fill the room? You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of food and tea for everyone—favorite flavors go fast—and try to get invitations out at least two weeks in advance.bigelow-tea-seasonal-teas

Decide on your menu

Select the teas you want to serve and make a list of the different baked goods, appetizers and finger sandwiches to make. In keeping with the autumn theme, our go-to flavors are Pumpkin SpiceSalted Caramel and Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea. It’s ideal to have a variety, so plan to include a few classics, too, like “Constant Comment®” and Earl Grey, or a robust Darjeeling.

Make sure you have everything you’ll need

Here’s the Bigelow Tea party checklist. Feel free to adapt it to your needs and to your special gathering.

  • Mugs or teacups and saucers
  • Milk (not cream), lemon slices, honey, sugar and a small dish for placing used tea bags. Some people prefer artificial sweeteners, so it doesn’t hurt to have some on the table or waiting in the wings.
  • A pretty tablecloth and napkins
  • Small plates, cake forks and teaspoons
  • Serving pieces and utensils

We’d also recommend a fall-themed centerpiece—simple is better. Need some ideas? Group pillar candles in different heights and widths on a tray, and add several fallen leaves or pinecones at the base of the candles. Pile a pedestal bowl high with mini pumpkins, cranberries or other fall fruits. Float single grocery store flowers in glass votive candleholders, or purchase a bouquet of burnt orange, golden yellow and deep red flowers.

And with that, you have all the essentials and accessories you need to host a tea party worthy of the awesomeness of autumn. Soak in the crisp air, revel in the changing leaves (if you have some nearby!), enjoy a shared pot (or two) of tea, and celebrate the season with your favorite people.