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Sweet! Bigelow Tea-Infused Recipes

Did you know the vast range of fragrant, flavorful tea ingredients found in the Bigelow family of teas makes for not only a great drink, but a natural, aromatic and rich addition to sweet and savory recipes? While Asian countries have been using tea in recipes for centuries, the Western world is finally catching on. Tea-infused recipes are all the rage in the culinary world and now even home cooks are trying their hand at incorporating tea flavor sensations into their own recipes.

We recently shared two excellent examples by #TeaProudly community members, Jennifer, the blogger behind ‘Engineer Mommy’ and Natalie of the minimalist cooking blog, ‘Just a Little Bite.’

Natalie developed a recipe for London Fog cupcakes, an ode to her London Fog Latte obsession. The tea tie-in?  Bigelow Earl Gray Tea, mixed into the frosting to add a heady bergamot and black tea note which evokes the latte experience.

Lemon, ginger and a healthy dose of wellness were the inspiration for Jennifer’s perky and potent Lemon Ginger Bars.  The Bigelow Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea fan created the recipe to pair with mugs of the tea itself to battle a cold. The bars feature a lemon-ginger combo traditionally known to sooth all that ails you, including the need for a tasty treat!

Ok, #TeaProudly tribe, the challenge is on!  How can you take your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors and transform them into awesome recipes?  With Bigelow’s traditional and modern new flavor families like fruity (peach, orange), sweet (caramel, chocolate) and savory (pumpkin, cinnamon), Bigelow offers plenty of inspiration for your next culinary creation.

Check out Natalie and Jennifer’s recipes below and we invite you to join the fun by sharing your favorite tea enhanced recipes. Be sure to tag #TeaProudly, we can’t wait to try them!

London Fog Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup & 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 earl grey tea bag
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp earl grey tea

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the milk, egg whites, vanilla, and the scraped insides of the vanilla bean.

In a larger bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

On low speed, add the butter and oil and mix until you have a crumb texture. On medium speed, add the milk mixture and mix for two minutes until light and fluffy. Scoop the mixture in to a muffin tin and fill each cup 3/4 of the way.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

While the cupcakes are baking, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the Earl Grey tea bag and steep over low heat for five minutes.

Put the butter in the fridge for 20 minutes. When the butter has solidified, take it back out and mix it together on medium speed with the powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add the Earl Grey tea a little bit at a time until you have the consistency you like.

When the cupcakes are cool, frost them!

May we suggest Lemon Lift® to pair with this recipe?

Lemon Ginger Bars

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 cups Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter

For the filling

  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp. Steeped Tea: Bigelow Tea Lemon Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. Ginger Powder
  • Zest And Juice Of 2 Lemons
  • Powdered Sugar, For Topping

Instructions

For the crust

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a pan with butter. Combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter and stir until it resembles small crumbs.. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool.

For the filling

Combine the sugar, ginger powder and flour in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and use a whisk to combine.

Add the lemon zest & lemon juice and combine. Steep 1 Bigelow Tea Lemon Ginger teabag in a 1/2 cup boiling water. Let cool. Add 3 tbsp of the steeped tea to the lemon filling mixture. Pour over crust. Bake 20 minutes. Let cool and top with some powdered sugar. Cut into squares.

For step by step instructions visit EngineerMommy.com

May we suggest Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea to pair with this recipe?

6 Bigelow Tea Dishes To Kick Off Your Memorial Day

Memorial Day holds quite a bit of important history, and serves as a significant national symbol of gratitude to all those who have fought and died as members of the armed services. At Bigelow Tea, there has been a long-standing history of supporting the troops, and each year, this day is one to remember and appreciate the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country.

While Memorial Day may conjure images of picnics and long weekends, how much do you know about this patriotic holiday? In 1868May 30 was initially declared Decoration Day, “which was designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers and otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” In 1971, Congress moved Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May.

On Memorial Day, Bigelow Tea feels extra proud to pay tribute to U.S. servicemen and women, including an official sponsorship of the USO. This is a continuation of the Tea for the Troops program, which third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow says is “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” Since the program started in 2009, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow tea have been sent to bases in Korea, Iraq, Germany and Afghanistan.

Whether you’re hosting a Memorial Day bash or spending the weekend with loved ones, Bigelow Tea has the refreshments covered. With one of these six tea-inspired recipes, you’ll surely wow everyone at the table. Tag #TeaProudly to share how you’re spending the day!

Earl Grey Braised Beef Brisket with Earl Grey Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

Beef brisket:

  • 4 pounds beef brisket, whole, not trimmed
  • 1 pound sweet onion, julienned
  • 1 pound carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 4 cups water, or enough to cover brisket
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Barbecue sauce:

  • 4 ounces vegetable oil
  • 1 pound sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 ounce peeled garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • 16 ounces tomatoes, canned
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar, or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 8 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags

Instructions

Combine onion, celery, carrot tea bags with water and bring to a simmer. Add brisket and let cook till fork tender, may be up to 8 hours. While brisket is cooking make barbecue sauce. In medium sauce pan heat oil and add onion and garlic and sweat. Add celery and sweat and then add tomatoes, sugar vinegar, salt and tea bags. Let simmer till all vegetables are very soft and remove tea bags. Puree till smooth and chill till ready to use. When brisket is tender remove from heat and allow to cool in braising liquid. When cool remove from liquid and heat on grill. When hot add barbecue sauce and finish heating in oven to prevent burning sauce. Slice about 1/4 inch and serve.

Green Tea Baby Back Ribs and Jicama Green Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • 26 pork backribs, 2 racks, 13 bones
  • 1 sweet onion, julienned
  • 4 celery ribs, julienned
  • 2 carrot, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 12  Bigelow Green Tea, remove string
  • 1 jicama, julienned
  • 2 green apple, julienned
  • 2 celery, julienned
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 4 scallion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, steeped with 1 bag Green Tea with Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Combine ribs with onion, celery, carrot, salt, pepper and eight tea bags. Bring to a simmer and cook till fork tender. While ribs are simmering, steep Bigelow Green tea with lemon with cold vinegar, about 1 hour. Cut all jicama, apple, celery and carrot into julienne. Slice scallion on a long bias. Toss all together. Combine vinegar and oil together. Toss vegetables and fruit with salt and vinaigrette mixture and chill. When ribs are ready let cool in poaching liquid. Remove ribs from poaching liquid and return liquid to heat and bring to a boil and reduce to two cups volume. Add two cups sugar and four tea bags and let steep five minutes and squeeze out tea bags. Dip ribs into glaze and heat in oven. Brush with additional glaze until ribs are hot and sugar has caramelized. Finish under broiler and drizzle glaze over ribs when on plate. Serve glazed ribs over jicama salad.

Orange & Spice Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (125mL) hot water
  • 10 Bigelow® Orange & Spice Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¼ cup (60mL) brown sugar
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¼ cup (60mL) ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) mustard

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags, squeezing them for excess tea. Add brown sugar until dissolved. Set aside. In a skillet, add tea, ketchup, mustard and onions. Mix well and simmer until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. This sauce can be used with steak, chicken and pork. It also can be used for baking beans.

Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu

Ingredients

  • 8 – 6 inch wooden skewers
  • 1 – 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
  • Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
  • 3 Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch rounds
  • 8 Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned (about 8 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (for brushing)
  • Non-stick grill spray

Instructions

Tofu is a great vegetarian, low-calorie alternative for your grill, and marinating it in tea gives it great flavor and color. A touch of honey adds sweetness and helps to create a beautiful grill marks as it caramelizes. First, set wooden skewers in water and allow to soak for approximately 30 minutes. Next, sandwich the block of tofu between two plates lined with a few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top plate (like a can) so tofu can drain for 10-15 minutes. In large bowl, combine hot water and tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze out tea bags into bowl, remove, and add salt and honey to tea. Stir until honey is dissolved. Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, and add to bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes. Thread 2-3 cubes of tofu and 2-3 pieces of vegetables onto each soaked skewer, being careful not to pack the skewers too tightly. Brush each skewer with canola oil and season with a pinch of salt. Spray a gas grill with non-stick grill spray and preheat to medium-high. Place skewers on grill, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and tofu begins to form a nicely colored crust. Note: be very gentle when turning skewers (use a grill spatula), as the tofu is delicate. Remove from grill and serve hot.

 

Red, White and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Tea Raspberry Dressing

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Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Black Tea {I brew more and then use some for the dressing and some for the marinade}
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons blueberries

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Tea
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups spinach and Arugula lettuce leaves {these are easy to find already mixed together in the pre-made salad containers}
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted in 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

For the dressing:

Add tea, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and kosher salt to a food processor or blender. Give it one spin to start mixing ingredients. Add raspberries and blueberries and process on high until it’s completely mixed and the fruit is pureed all the way. Refrigerate overnight.

For the marinade and chicken:

Combine remainder of brewed tea {about a cup}, olive oil, and honey in a large dish with a secure lid. Shake and mix well. Uncover and add chicken. Cover and flip container to ensure that chicken is coated in marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

To assemble salad:

Toast walnuts in butter and allow to cool. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Grill chicken until done. Allow to cool for ten minutes before thinly slicing into strips.

Lay out your salad and top with raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, blue cheese and chicken strips. Drizzle with salad dressing.

Grilled Vegetarian Mushroom Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60mL) butter
  • Bigelow I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water
  • 3 teaspoons (10mL) chili powder
  • 2 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound (500g) fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) salt
  • 1 – 8 ounce (250g) pkg. Tempeh, crumbled
  • 2 cups (500mL) light Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
  • Canola oil
  • 12 – 6 inch (15cm) flour tortillas
  • Lemon wedges as a garnish 

Instructions

To prepare filling: Place tea bags into measuring cup and pour boiling water over bags. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove bags and reserve tea. Melt butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Add tea, chili powder and garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, onion and salt. Saute until mushrooms are brown and tender. Add the crumbled tempeh and saute 2 minutes more or until heated through. Remove from heat, cool for 10minutes. To assemble quesadillas. Preheat grill to 350 F (180 C). Lightly brush 6 tortillas on one side with oil. Place the tortillas oil-side down on large non-stick rimless baking sheet (Use a cookie sheet with sides by turning it upside down). Divide the filling mixture equally among the 6 tortillas. Top each filled tortilla with cheese. Brush tops with oil. Gently slide the quesadillas onto the grill. Grill for about 3minutes on each side, until heated through and golden brown. Remove from grill and let stand for 2 minutes before cutting into wedges. Serve with salsa, sour cream or guacamole and lemon wedges if desired.

This Is What You’ll Find In The Bag: An Inside Look At Bigelow Tea Ingredients

 

To Bigelow Tea, each and every ingredient tells a story. Call it commitment to quality or just call it delicious! Since 1945, Bigelow has sourced handpicked leaves from high-elevation gardens where the best tea plants are grown so all tea drinkers can enjoy the best possible cup of tea every time. And, as a third-generation family business, Bigelow selects ingredients only from suppliers who share the same passion for quality. Many of these trusted partners have worked with Bigelow Tea since the company’s founding, over 70 years ago, and are now, well, like family! To us, it’s the heart and soul of all we do—it’s what we like to call being #TeaProudly.

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Take lemon for example. Did you know Bigelow Tea has partnered with the same family-owned lemon peel supplier for the last 30 years? Lemon peel is an essential ingredient in many Bigelow Tea flavors, and the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness is critical to deliver the flavor profile the Bigelow family requires. Hailing from Central Valley California (a chill place for a chill beverage), the lemons used are 100% USA-grown and meet strict standards. The Bigelow family’s supplier has perfected its state-of-the-art processes to harvest, juice, and zest some of the world’s best lemons since opening their groves in 1947.

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Another great example is our supplier of 100% American-grown spearmint which gets masterfully blended into several Bigelow mint teas. What makes this mint so special…mint is mint right? Well, this mint is grown exclusively in the northwest corner of the United States by a family company of multi-generational growers. We’ve been a loyal customer to the family since the early 1960s, when Bigelow Tea set out to develop a tea with the refreshing taste of spearmint. Today, a father-and-son team meticulously harvests acres of spearmint two times each year, with care and craftsmanship that cannot be beat, tracking all their mint from crop to cup for quality and accountability. Pretty, awesome, right?

Calabria… It Must Be Italian!

That brings us to one of Bigelow Tea’s most beloved varieties—the oh-so-irresistible Earl Grey! What makes Bigelow’s Earl Grey so special is the real oil of bergamot sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy. The single town of Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. Since the 1970s, Bigelow Tea has worked with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. Another third-generation operation, these family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They’re all about the integrity of the flavor and the bergamot oil. We can totally get behind that.

From the top of the Sri Lankan mountains—where those high-elevation gardens flourish—to ingredients sourced from farms and companies proven through generations, Bigelow Tea has never and will nevercompromise on ingredients—or on the family recipes. You can count on that.

What’s your favorite Bigelow flavor or ingredient? Tag #TeaProudly and let us know!

French Madeleines and Bigelow Green Tea? Yes Please!

biogelow tea classic green tea mugThe light and refreshing taste of Bigelow Tea’s Classic Green Tea is, well, simply sippable! As one Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Nicolette Simmonsposted, “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine.” Green tea comes from the Camellia sinesis leaves that are immediately steamed or pan-fired to avoid oxidation. This results in an ultra smooth flavor that is lower in caffeine and more delicate than the typical black tea. Green tea also is high in polyphenols known as EGCG, making it a wonderful component to a healthy lifestyle.

While green tea goes well with everything from fish to veggies, it’s also particularly well matched to a light and sweet treat, such as a simple cookie like French Madeleines. The Tea Association of Canada has a particularly handy chart that advises on what types of teas pair well with various types of foods which is super handy!  Never heard of a tea and food pairing?  Then check out the chart but then try a few of your own matches to come up with new combinations.

While we’re on the topic, it’s worth knowing that in general, when it comes to tea and food pairings, the heavier the tea, the more hearty the food, such as Earl Gray with an Orange Beef and Broccoli dish, or Darjeeling served with a Roast Pork Loin with Spiced Apple Cider Apples. On the other side of the spectrum, one very light combination might be Lemon Ginger Tea paired with Orange and Spice Pureed Carrots. But back to this particular tea pairing – you have to try this scrumptious Madeleines cookie recipe (by Bigelow Tea fan Jen) in your own kitchen, accompanied by a cup of green. So “delish”!

FRENCH MADELEINES

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz (1 stick), plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Spoon 3 tablespoons of butter into a small bowl or cup and set aside. Let the rest of the butter cool slightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of the flour and the sugar, and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk the two eggs with the vanilla, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest until the eggs are frothy.
  3. Add the eggs to the flour. Using a spatula, stir until just combined. Add the 4 ounces of melted butter and continue to stir. It may take a minute for the butter to blend into the mixture but do not over mix.
  4. Cover the bowl with a plate (or plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator to rest at least one hour and up to overnight.
  5. Add the remaining one tablespoon of flour to the 3 tablespoons reserved butter and stir to combine.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the interiors of the shells with the butter-flour mixture so that they are well coated.
  7. Preheat the oven and fill pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the batter from the refrigerator.
  8. Fill each well in the madeleine pan with 1 tablespoon of the batter.
  9. Bake the madeleines. Place both pans on a baking sheet for easy handling and place in the oven. Check after 8 minutes
  10. The madeleines should be browning around the edges and puffed up a little in the middle. Using your forefinger, press lightly on the center hump — when the madeleines are finished baking, it should spring back at your touch.
  11. Cool and dust with sugar. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, gently loosen the madeleines from their molds and then tip the whole pan out onto a cooling wrack or tea towel. Once cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.

Tell us: what food pairings would you like to try?

What Time of Day is Tea Time for You?…Bigelow Tea Wants To Know!

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You and I both know that there is a tea flavor for every tea lover and every time of day. And because our #TeaProudly community sips for different reasons at different times, we would love to know more about your special moments (because isn’t tea drinking a wonderful part of your day whether sharing a mug or sipping on your own??). So…are you waking up to the smell of Earl Grey, or perhaps you wind down at night with a hot mug of Sweet Dreams, or maybe your favorite time to drink tea is after you finish yoga practice. No matter what time of day you enjoy your favorite steaming cup (or glass of iced tea), tell us: what time of day is tea time for you?

Give The Gift Of Bigelow Tea This Holiday Season

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Party Hosts
Work Colleagues
Family and Friends
Gift Exchanges (Secret Santa, anyone?!)
Teachers and Bus Drivers
Neighbors
Mail Carriers …

…holy cow the holiday list is long and this probably isn’t everyone, right?  A plate of homemade cookies (BTW we’ve got the perfect recipes for some awesome cookies!!) and a card will do the trick for most of these special people, but there must be a few on the list that really deserve something a bit more….something from the heart, a gift of pure joy. We have the perfect idea: a tin or box of Bigelow Tea, specially designed by Kate D. Spain, the artist behind the KD Spain® brand!  Woohoo, perfect right?

Kate says, “When we bring something naturally beautiful into our lives, we gain a finer connection to it, to our surroundings, and to each other. New possibilities for sources of our happiness are able to root, grow, and blossom.” Wow, we could not have said it better…between the Bigelow teas and her designs, we are calling this collaboration #TeaProudly to the max!

Check out these three exclusive designs and get one or all in time for your holiday gift giving:

Limited Edition Holiday Tin of Tea (pictured above)

This limited edition tin contains an assortment of 15 of our favorite flavors that are sure to make every tea lover’s heart happy. You’ll receive 120 individually wrapped black teas, green teas, herbal teas and decaffeinated teas. And when you’ve enjoyed all the tea, you can reuse the designer tin. Refill it with tea, or use it to store special keepsakes because anything goes!

Limited Edition Tin of Tea

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This limited edition tin features a gorgeous hydrangea floral pattern with a light and lovely style that can work any time of year. This tin also contains 120 individually wrapped black, green, herbal and holiday teas.

Tiled Top Tea Box

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Last, but certainly not least, this limited edition wooden box measures 4″ x 6″ and contains a ceramic tile top with artwork by Kate D. Spain. The box contains 32 teabags: 8 Earl Grey,  8 Green Tea, 8 English Teatime and 8 Sweet Dreams. Once you sip your way through the tea, fill it with more of your favorite Bigelow flavors, or use it to store your recipe cards, photo prints or jewelry as a few suggestions.

Quantities are limited for each of these gifts and they’ll go fast! Be sure to snag one (or two) soon—one for the recipient, one for you (obviously!).

A Delicious Pair: Bigelow Earl Grey Tea And Goat Cheese

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At Bigelow Tea, we love good flavor. And pairing the right tea with a meal helps enhance the flavor experience and make your favorite cup of tea even more enjoyable! So, what happens when exquisite and citrusy meets creamy and smooth? Well, pure joy for your taste buds, of course! Which is why it only makes sense to pair a cup of classic Bigelow Tea Earl Grey with Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese Garnish recipe. Strong meets mellow; tangy meets sweet. bigelow-tea-recipe

For our special Earl Grey, we use only the best oil from the citrusy bergamot, sourced from the same garden in Calabria, Italy, year after year. Then we carefully blend this flavorful and aromatic oil with a bold handpicked black tea—it’s a recipe like no other. And when paired with a recipe starring creamy and smooth goat cheese, that’s a recipe for success! After all, a cup of robust Earl Grey goes perfectly with dishes boasting citrus vinaigrettes, melt-in-your-mouth goat cheese, custard-based desserts and poultry. Bon Appétit!

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.

Bigelow Tea Shares 6 Great Ways To Celebrate With Tea

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Let the conversations, laughter and tea flow with Bigelow Tea! We’re big fans of good food, good tea and good company—there’s nothing better than when all of these are combined. From galas and afternoon tea parties to tea-themed bridal showers and morning brunches, here are a few of our favorite tea-centric gatherings.

  1. A tea stand benefiting those in need: Here’s a story we couldn’t help but share! In Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, three young girls recently set up a tea stand to benefit a classmate’s family who lost their home in an explosion. Nine-year-old Jeslyn and her friends served iced tea to neighbors, and all the proceeds were given to the family in need. Amazing, right?bigelow tea constant comment tea party
  2. Brunch with friends: Perhaps you need a gals’ day or a mommy’s morning out. Or maybe you want to gather a few long-time friends to catch up on life. Or, in the case of this writer’s friend, you need to break out a vintage tea set (family heirloom!) that you were gifted. Whatever the reason, brunch is always in season. Host a delightful mid-morning or afternoon tea party for friends—dress to the nines, bake a batch of scones and set the table with all things lovely. You can never go wrong with teacups and a pot of Earl Grey or “Constant Comment®” tea, and Bigelow Tea has just the party checklist for you!
  3. Kids, crafts, games and iced tea: Looking for a fun idea for the kids? Invite a few of their friends over, make a few pitchers of iced tea, cover the table in craft paper and set out  bundles of markers for them to decorate the “tablecloth,” like this mom did! Add in a few kid-friendly crafts or board games and you have hours of fun in the making.
  4. Tea with dad: Navy veteran and California photographer Vanessa Hicks understands the sacrifices that military families make every day. That’s why she wanted to honor them by doing a tea party photo shoot. Vanessa captured several servicemen and their daughters enjoying tea together, and the photos that she shared are beautiful. As a third generation American family-owned and operated company, Bigelow Tea loves to see servicemen and women celebrated.
  5. Baby and bridal showers: Celebrate the bride or mom-to-be with a tea-themed shower! Whether indoor (formal tea) or outdoor (vintage-inspired garden party), tea time is the perfect backdrop for a shower. Have your dessert table filled with a variety of your favorite Bigelow teas, a selection of finger sandwiches, light appetizers, fresh fruit, teacakes, tarts, cookies and scones with Devonshire cream and jam. Some crowd-pleasing tea flavors are English TeatimeLemon LiftGreen Tea, and Perfect Peach Herbal Tea.
  6. A tea party to show gratitude: A 2-year-old in Texas recently invited the police officer who saved her life last summer over for a tea party. Adorned in a flower crown and pearls, Bexley Norvell and her family hosted Corporal Patrick Ray to thank him once again for coming to her aid after she choked on a coin and almost lost her life. What a special way to mark the one-year anniversary of her life being saved!

Clearly, tea is the perfect way to help out, celebrate or say thanks. Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get together or need a themed party for a once-in-a-lifetime event, offering a cup of tea can make your next soirée even more special!

Bigelow Tea’s Earl Grey Gives Ice Cream A Distinct Flavor

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Hey Bigelow Tea fans, do you know what gives Earl Grey Tea its distinct taste? It’s bergamot oil, which comes from bergamots, a type of citrus fruit. Who knew? Not all bergamots are the same … and in producing Bigelow Tea’s famous Earl Grey, the Bigelow family sources bergamot oil directly from a long-time family-owned orchard in Calabria, Italy, where bergamots naturally thrive. The oil is extracted during the fruit’s harvest season, so that the batches are first pressed and purely fresh. As a third-generation, family run business, Bigelow Tea makes great efforts to ensure that the ingredients used in all of their blended teas come straight from quality sources.

If you simply can’t get enough of Earl Grey (like Chris Costello, who tweeted about his four cups a day routine!), consider taking an even cooler approach by making this Earl Grey Ice Cream recipe. Savor it and let us know what you think!

Earl Grey Ice Cream

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 8 bags Bigelow Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

In 2-quart saucepan combine half and half and whipping cream. Over medium-high heat bring to a low boil (5 minutes). Remove mixture from heat and add 8 tea bags; steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags from cream and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Place tea mixture, sugar, vanilla, and ½ teaspoon salt in mixer bowl; beat on medium speed until sugar dissolves (1 minute). Place in refrigerator; cool completely. Once cool, place tea cream mixture in bowl of ice cream maker; process as directed. Suggestion – top with Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Sauce.