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Dear Leo, Thanks For Taking Your Mom To Tea. Love, Bigelow Tea

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A family-owned and operated company, Bigelow Tea has been dedicated to providing customers with truly fine quality teas. Over the past 70 years—and three generations—the Bigelow family has shared many special memories, tea tastings, and afternoon teas together, and loves to see when other families do the same.

On Mother’s Day, actor, producer, environmentalist and fan favorite, Leonardo DiCapriowas spotted taking his mother, Irmelin, out for afternoon tea in New York City. A class act like Leo deserves a mug of a classic tea, like Bigelow Tea “Constant Comment®.” Bigelow Tea enthusiast Helen B. knows: “Another favourite #tea is Bigelow’s Constant Comment…tastes much like chai, strong clove aroma. #Teatime.”

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With all they’ve done and still do for us, any day is a good day to treat Mom to something special. And what could be more special than an afternoon shared over a good cup of Bigelow Tea?

Image thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Facebook page

Bigelow Tea Reflects On America And Independence Day

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The land of the free and the home of the brave … that is America, the country we celebrate as we head into Independence Day weekend. Bigelow Tea is proud to be American-made and American-run. For three generations, the tea you love has been blended and boxed right here in the USA.  Yes, 4th of July is a great time for barbecues and iced Bigelow Tea, but it is also a day to remember those who gave the United States its independence and those who continue to fight for peace and freedom on our behalf.

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One small way Bigelow Tea supports those in the military is by sending them tea. Third generation CEO and President, Cindi Bigelow, started the Tea for the Troops program as “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” To date, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow Tea have been sent to troops serving in German, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea.

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In addition, Bigelow Tea was proud to recently sponsor Warrior Week in Virginia. Cindi and Tim Richmond, a veteran and Bigelow Tea Project Manager, cycled in the 80-mile Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge on May 29. The ride was followed by a beach reception sponsored by Bigelow Tea.

As you enjoy a beautiful summer weekend—and possibly sip some iced American Classic or American Breakfast tea— please take a moment to remember the significance of Independence Day and all that it means to be an American.

 

Bigelow Tea: Made In The USA

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This weekend, millions of people will honor Independence Day, a time when families celebrate their American heritage … and the Bigelow Tea family is no exception. Seventy years and three generations ago, family-owned and operated Bigelow Tea planted its roots in American soil. To this day, every batch of tea is still blended and packaged in the United States, and each Bigelow Tea employee is based here, too. America is a land of opportunity, and Bigelow Tea wants to help keep those opportunities plentiful.

July is the perfect time of year to celebrate — the weather is warm, the family gatherings give everyone a reason to smile, and barbecues with endless pitchers of iced tea are the perfect excuse to get outside. Toast to the weekend with a glass of Bigelow Tea Iced Tea and Lemonade or cool down with a round of Bigelow® Frozen Iced Teas, made with Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea —a flavor that @angiejromero claims is “positively the best tea around!” If you’re in the mood for a drink with a kick, try a recipe for Simply Summer White Sangria, made with Bigelow Tea Pomegranate Pizzazz or quite simply have a cup of our American Breakfast tea hot or cold!

So grab that mason jar, pick out your favorite Bigelow blend, and join in the celebration: of family, of tea, of America.

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Last Day To Enter ‘Celebrate Iced Tea Month With Bigelow’ Sweepstakes!

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Iced Tea Month is coming to an end, and is so is Bigelow Tea‘s June sweepstakes! Enter TODAY by midnight EST on Facebook (or use this link if you’re on a mobile device: http://woobox.com/bqu3cg ) for your chance to be one of the 22 lucky winners of 36 iced teas in these summer-ready flavors:

Iced Tea and Lemonade (6 tea bags) – For pure refreshment, indulge in the taste of rich black tea and sweet lemonade.

Iced Tea and Lemonade with Pomegranate (6 tea bags) – Pomegranate adds extra flavor to this lightly sweetened treat.

Perfect Peach Herbal Iced Tea (8 tea bags) – Captures the taste of ripe, juicy peaches. Unsweetened.

Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea (8 tea bags) – A blend created especially for fresh-brewed iced tea. Unsweetened.

Iced Green Tea with Pomegranate (8 tea bags) – Deliciously different and rich in antioxidants. Unsweetened.

Check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re among the winners, and be sure to enjoy fresh-brewed iced tea in your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors all summer and beyond for pure refreshment!

 

Bigelow Looks Back at the History of Afternoon Tea

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A cup of Bigelow Tea is delicious any time of day, but there’s something classic and whimsical about sitting down for afternoon tea. The idea of afternoon tea is said to have originated in the early 1800s in England by Anna, the 7thDuchess of Bedford. Anna proposed having tea around four or five in the afternoon to ward off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. Some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread. These habits soon became popular at social gatherings and started a trend that survives to this day: afternoon tea!

Afternoon tea takes on many forms, but more formal events include teacakes and breads, fresh fruit, cucumber sandwiches, and scones with Devonshire cream and jam (with tea, of course).  Embrace the tradition by incorporating Bigelow Tea recipes like I Love Lemon® Quick Bread and Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad for extra fun and flavor. And, don’t forget the tea! Sip to your heart’s content with a ‘cuppa Bigelow Tea Earl Grey or a robust Darjeeling.

Whether you’re hosting guests or taking time to enjoy a “tea party for one” like @graceglimmersBigelow Tea has the perfect blend to make your afternoon tea a success!

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Celebrate Iced Tea Month With Bigelow Tea!

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It’s Iced Tea Month and this is when the Bigelow Tea family really enjoys creating iced tea combinations! All it takes is two of your favorite Bigelow Teas and a little imagination! A couple of Bigelow favorites are Green Tea and Red Raspberry Iced Tea and Cranberry Hibiscus and Orange & Spice® Iced Tea. Is your thirst quenching just thinking about these combos? And do you make your own mix-ups? Share your tasty suggestions!

If you don’t have time to brew your own, Bigelow Tea has a great, new solution coming soon: its new line of certified organic, brewed and bottled iced teas. Made from real organic tea leaves and natural flavor ingredients, Bigelow Home Blend Iced Teas come in five ready-to-drink flavors: Sweet Orchard Peach, Half & Half Tea/Lemonade, Citrus Pomegranate Green Tea, Mango Lychee Green Tea, and Simply Unsweetened.

For larger groups of people, be sure to check out the Bigelow Tea Iced Tea line. One box contains six family-size tea bags that each make a quart of perfectly blended tea. Try flavors like Iced Tea and Lemonade with PomegranatePerfect Peach® Herbal Iced TeaRed Raspberry™ Herbal Iced TeaGreen Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea, and Iced Tea and Lemonade for your next family picnic!

Yes, it’s Iced Tea Month, but the best thing about iced tea is that it’s at your fingertips all year long. One last suggestion: try @ewlarson546’s recommended treat of adding lemonade ice cubes and mint leaves to your glass of iced tea. Even more refreshing! Can’t you just hear that ice clinking? Happy Iced Tea Month!

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Bigelow Tea Thinks Southern Belle Reese Witherspoon is a Peach

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Ask any Southerner about tea and they’ll likely tell you to put it over ice. Well, the Bigelow Tea family won’t argue with that! Bigelow Tea’s freshly-brewed iced teas have simple ingredients that make them family-friendly and a perfect choice for today’s healthy lifestyles. Easily made by the pitcher or by the glass on hot summer days — or all year ‘round— they are a flavorful, low-calorie, low-cost beverage option. Try Bigelow’s Iced Green Tea with Pomegranate!

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One Southern belle who loves her iced tea is actress, producer and all-American sweetheart Reese Witherspoon. Reese has been keeping busy: She’s launched a new lifestyle brand called Draper James; released a new movie, Hot Pursuit; hosted Saturday Night Live; and was nominated for a 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for the critically-acclaimed film Wild. And according to her editorial profile on Draper James, Reese does it all with a glass of sweet tea in her hand (it’s her favorite)! How about Bigelow Tea’s Perfect Peach Herbal Iced Tea or Green Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea? Bright, refreshing and an instant classic, just like Reese!

Twitter user @ArunaGee summed it up perfectly when she said, “A salute to iced tea season! Bigelow green and pomegranate iced tea.” Mmmm… Take a long sip and listen to the ice clink. Cheers!

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Bigelow Tea Continues To Grow Its Sustainability Efforts

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Bigelow Tea is always thinking of new ways to reduce its impact on the environment, and in recognition of Earth Day 2015, the company participated in a number of employee generated activities at its Fairfield, CT headquarters. Check it out!

  • A new initiative called “Project Canopy” will encourage employees to donate their spare change. For every dollar raised, the Earth Day Network plants one tree.
  • Employees have been asked to participate in an energy reduction pledge and commit to reducing their driving mileage for one week.
  • A new “Teracycle” Zero Waste box will collect used writing instruments as an additional way to reduce the company’s solid waste that is not being recycled or reused.
  • For CT Rides week, employees saved 2000+ miles driven by biking to work or sharing rides.
  • The community garden at Bigelow Tea Headquarters was re-opened just in time for spring!

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zero-waste-to-landfill company, Bigelow Tea diverts 94 percent of its solid waste companywide, and 85 percent of its packaging is compostable, biodegradable or recyclable.

These are just a few ways Bigelow Tea and its dedicated employees are committed to protecting the environment. Bigelow Tea drinkers are also encouraged to recycle Bigelow tea bags and boxes. One Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Carol B. Brown, recommends, “Recycle the box. The used tea bags are excellent for your garden — they enrich the soil and are very easy to mix in.”

 

Cooking With Bigelow Tea? There’s An App(etizer) For That!

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Looking for the perfect appetizer to kick off your next dinner party or event? Look no further than Bigelow Tea. These recipes for Lemon Lift English Cucumber Pickles and Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms combine the classic flavors of Bigelow Tea Lemon Lift and I Love Lemon® Herbal Tea with culinary staples sure to please any palate. And they’re vegetarian-friendly, too!

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Ingredients

  • 4 each English cucumber, large, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 8 Bigelow Lemon Lift Tea Bags

Instructions

Peel a strip of each side of cucumber and slice 1/4″ thick round.
Heat vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil and add tea bags and let steep five minutes.
Add cucumbers to hot vinegar mixture, stir and let cool.
Package and refrigerate.

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Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms

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Ingredients

  • 6 large Portobello mushrooms
  • Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250mL) extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Clean mushrooms with a soft brush and remove stems. Set aside. Place 8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags into a measuring cup and pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Mix together tea, coriander, pepper and salt and gradually whisk in olive oil. Place mushrooms in a zip lock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms. In refrigerator, let marinade for up to 24 hours. When ready to grill, place mushrooms on preheated grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until tender, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Slice mushrooms and place on salad greens, or serve as an appetizer. They also go very well with steak.

Bigelow Toasts Tea-Loving Actress Gina Rodriguez

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Bigelow Tea loves commenting on celebrities who enjoy tea. Actress Gina Rodriguez, star of TV’s Jane the Virgin sees tea as an all-occasion beverage. She “had a cuppa” with the likes of Gerald McRaney from House of Cards at a pre-Golden Globes party earlier this year. Rodriguez commented, “I actually need tea right now because of my throat.”

Whether you’re on the red carpet or celebrating something special at home, grab a cup of tea and toast to success!

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