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Who’s Your Favorite Person To Share A Mug Of Tea With?

Tea is so much more than a soothing drink (though we certainly appreciate that part!)…sharing a mug is also is the perfect excuse to connect with each other! How can one little tea bag help people unite? Think of it this way: tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world. In fact, 82 percent of Americans drink tea, and  42 percent of Americans under age 30 count tea as a their top drink choice. The common love for tea has the amazing ability to bring everyone together….men, women; young, old and on and on and on!

As if you need more convincing, head on over to the TeaProudly site to see just how diverse and downright wonderful this tea community is. There’s nothing better than sharing tea stories, right?!  It’s all about creating unforgettable moments and memories.

But hey, let’s not diminish those quiet and much needed moments where it’s just you and a mug of tea.  We probably all need more moments like these as life gets more and more hectic.

So we are taking a survey and would love to know who is tops on your teatime list? (For instance, how sweet is it that BillDee8 says that he always has time for tea with his wife? That’s true love!).  Is it a friend or just you and a cup of tea?  Let us know below or tag your comment in social with #TeaProudly

Just In Time For Dinner: Pair Bigelow Tea With Late Summer Recipes

Your kids may be stocking up on school supplies and it’s getting dark earlier, but it’s not fall yet! And while that sunshine is still shinin’ and your iced Bigelow Tea is overflowin’, don’t forget that late summer produce is at its peak awesomeness. A few favorites are tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, peppers, melons, zucchini, strawberries and blueberries. Mmm… so fresh and delicious! And, hey, guess what?! They – naturally – go well with tea, and they also make for some amazing dishes. Here are a few recipes where the spotlight is on fresh produce. Enjoy!

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

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.

Cucumber and Bell Pepper Noodle Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 Cucumber, English, cut into long noodles
  • 2 Red Bell peppers, long julienne
  • 2 Yellow Bell peppers, long julienne
  • 4 Scallion, long bias cut
  • 2 ounces Rice vinegar
  • 1 ounces Sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon White Pepper

Instructions

Cut cucumber on mandolin into long julienne.
Cut peppers into long julienne and scallion into long bias cut.
Toss with rice vinegar, sesame oil and salt and pepper.

Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu

Ingredients

  • 8 – 6 inch wooden skewers
  • 1 – 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
  • Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
  • 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.

Peach No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

Instructions

Slightly ahead of time, place milk and tea bags in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until bubbles just start to form on sides, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Either refrigerate until cool or quick cool in the freezer. (Do not leave in freezer longer than 30 minutes.) Prepare cheesecake according to package directions using tea and milk mixture instead of milk. Garnish with sliced peaches, if desired.

Date Night? Go Classic With Bigelow Green Tea

Ready for your next Bigelow Tea-inspired pairing? How about Bigelow Green tea matched up with Lemon Ginger ShrimpJasmine Rice with Fruits, and Perfect Peach Upside-Down Cake for your next dinner date? Whether you’re cooking for a first date – or the thousandth time dining together – this menu will *not* disappoint. I mean, after all, it’s made by YOU (and you’re one heck of a catch).

Speaking of catch… let’s talk the “why” behind pairing green tea with seafood. Bigelow’s traditional green tea is smooth and mellow on the palate, with clean notes of green melon and grass. This delicate, fresh-tasting brew allows the unique notes of seafood to shine. Incidentally, this makes it a perfect pair for other lighter fare, such as rice and chicken.

With such a versatile drink to pair, think about sharing a few small plates together. Also, take this as an opportunity to go local – check out a farmer’s market or see what produce is in season at the local grocery store. Think berries, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, garlic, corn, lemons, limes and melons. Here are a few favorite recipes to get you started. They’re all pretty simple, and can be enjoyed outside or on-the-go (picnic, anyone??). Have fun! And, while you’re at it, have that date of yours join you for some of the cooking! Making a meal together is loads of fun, and if there’s chemistry in the kitchen, you’re onto something good!

Lemon Ginger Shrimp

Ingredients

8 cups boiling water
½ – 1 lb fresh or frozen shrimp cleaned and deveined
4-5 Bigelow® Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Bags

Instructions

Put 8 cups water in a pot. Add 4-5 Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Bags. Bring water to a boil. Add shrimp to boiling water and cook approximately 3 minutes or until shrimp are pink. Drain. Shrimp can be used over pasta with garlic olive oil, steamed broccoli and sun dried tomatoes.

Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits

Ingredients

3 cups brown rice
4 qt water
Bigelow Green Jasmine Tea bags
1 teaspoon salt
2 green onions, sliced thinly
½ cup raisins
½ cup dried cranberries
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Rinse rice in several changes of cold water until water runs clear. Drain well in a sieve. Bring water and tea bags to a boil, set aside. Meanwhile melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice, green onions, salt, pepper and fruits. Stir until onions start to soften and rice starts to get white around the edges 8-10 minutes. Remove tea bags from water, squeezing well, discard. Carefully pour Bigelow tea water over rice-it will bubble and steam up- stir and reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, raise lid and cover rice with a cotton (non terrycloth) dishtowel, replace cover. Let stand, covered and undisturbed, 10 minutes. Open lid and remove dishtowel, fluff gently with a fork. Note: Basmati rice can be used instead of brown rice, for extra jasmine flavor.

Perfect Peach Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients

¾ cup boiling water
Bigelow Perfect Peach Herb Tea Bags
¾ cup butter or margarine; softened, divided
½ cup brown sugar
1 can (16-oz.) sliced peaches, well-drained
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon or orange peel (optional)

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Meanwhile, drain peaches in a colander; transfer to a plate and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside. In small skillet, melt ¼ cup butter. Add brown sugar and cook over medium heat until brown sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into bottom of 9″” round cake pan. Arrange peaches on sugar mixture. Preheat oven to 350° F. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In large mixer bowl, beat remaining ½ cup butter with granulated sugar until combined. Add eggs and lemon peel, and beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy about 2 minutes. Alternately beat in flour mixture and tea mixture, beating well after each addition. Spread batter evenly over peaches. Bake 35-40 minutes or until cake tests done. Remove from oven and let stand on wire rack 10-15 minutes. Loosen cake from sides of pan and invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm.

Bigelow Tea Lemon Chicken Salad Recipe? YES PLEASE!

Seeking a new method to dishing out tasty chicken? Bigelow Tea is here to add some zest—and Green Tea to your poultry! Bigelow Tea’s recipe for Green Tea with Lemon Chicken Salad gets its goodness from Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon—which @Jacyce524 tweeted is “soooo good.” Combine it with some fresh ingredients, and you’ll have the centerpiece of your next lunch event. Chicken salad with a fresh, lemony twist. Delish!

Green Tea with Lemon Chicken Salad

Created by Daniel J Lestrud, CEC, CCE

Ingredients

For the chicken:

For the salad:

  • Salad ½ cup celery rib, diced
  • 1 cup white grapes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

Place chicken with carrot, celery, sweet onion and Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon in medium sized pot and cover with cold water.
Bring to a simmer and cook till chicken is firm and 165 internal. Let cool in poaching liquid.
Remove chicken form cool liquid and shred by hand into bowl.
Add diced celery, diced red onion, grapes, mayonnaise, sour cream, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill.
Serve as part of a salad or in a sandwich.

The Votes Are In: This Is When You Like To Drink Bigelow Tea

Ahem, Bigelow Tea lovers. The #TeaProudly crowd has spoken and the verdict is in from our poll: when it comes to your favorite time of the day to enjoy a cup of tea, the winner is…

As your de-stressor after a busy day.

The race was super close, though. Actually – with only five votes as the tie-breaker – the second most popular time to drink tea (at least in this unofficial #TeaProudly survey) is first thing in the morning. With or without breakfast, of course. But, hey, whether you’re drinking a cup of Earl Grey with a hearty meal or on-the-go out the door with breakfast left behind on the counter, who cares as long as you’re drinking it, right??

Runner ups: afternoon tea like our friends across the pond in the UK while catching up with a special friend; or while commuting to work or dropping the kids off at school (gotta love those to-go mugs)!

At the end of the day, we can probably all agree on one thing: any time is the right time to break out the tea! There’s a flavor for every mood, and whatever the time, we tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s right. After all, that’s the #TeaProudly way. Whether you’re sharing it with loved ones, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – a cup of tea brings us together. Are you making time for tea today?

Bigelow Tea Shows Off Its Sense Of Humors, Thanks To Chocolate And Tea!

Before there was modern medicine, there was humorism. And then, chocolate and tea (and other New World goodies, like coffee) messed up everything. What exactly does that mean? Grab your mug of Bigelow Tea and let’s get learning.

The concept of humors – also known as humorism or humoralism – was a system of medicine detailing the makeup and workings of the human body. It was adopted by Ancient Greek and Roman physicians and philosophers, including Hippocrates and Galen. Basically, the belief was that the human body was made up of four humors, or fluids: blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile. (A little gross, we know.) The key to this pseudo-medical system was finding equilibrium. Every person had a unique humoral composition and if the individual’s body fell out of balance, they’d get sick.

For centuries, this is how medicine worked: get sick, then eat this or drink that. For example, if someone had a fever, the belief was that they were too hot, so they needed to eat something cold. Anyhow, this worked well enough until new foods were introduced that didn’t fit into the pre-assigned categories. When chocolate, tea and others were brought to the Western world in the 1600s, madness ensued (or maybe, the tea hit the fan??) because they were considered to be dietary chameleons. In fact, in 1687, Nicolas de Blegny, physician and pharmacist to France’s Louis XIV, even wrote a book on the “correct” usage of tea and chocolate to cure illness. How about that?

Eventually, modern medicine became the way of the present (and future) – thanks to technology and inventions like the microscope. Long story short: tea and chocolate may have been disrupters at one point, but they powered through. And with Bigelow Tea, you get the best of both worlds – even in the same cup (or dish). Take Bigelow’s Chocolate Chai Tea – chocolate coupled with black tea and spice… ab fab (absolutely fabulous) or the ever so popular Benefits Chocolate and Almond Herbal tea (serious yum!!). Curious to take these tea and chocolate from mug to plate? Here are a few favorite recipes! Enjoy!

Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 10 bags Bigelow Earl Grey Tea*
  • 2 cups (12-ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (6-ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

In 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring evaporated milk to a simmer. Add 10 tea bags; steep 5 minutes. Remove bags from evaporated milk and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add remaining sauce ingredients to tea milk mixture. Stir until chocolate chips melt (2 to 3 minutes). If necessary, heat over low heat to help melt chocolate chips. To serve: place a scoop of ice cream in bowl. Top with Earl Grey chocolate sauce. Refrigerate remaining chocolate sauce. Re-heat refrigerated Earl Grey sauce over low heat until softened to desired consistency.

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea Bags
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup (1-½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 9×13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting. Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags. Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole milk
  • Bigelow® Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao content) or semi-sweet chips
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

In a glass measuring cup, heat milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until very hot. Alternatively, this step can be done in a small saucepan over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Place the tea bags in the hot milk and allow to steep for 2 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze out tea bags into milk before discarding. Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in a blender and process until finely chopped. Pour the hot tea infused milk over the chocolate and blend until smooth, about one minute. Add egg and a pinch of salt and blend again to incorporate fully. Note: It is important that the milk is hot to ensure the chocolate melts completely and creates the right consistency. Divide mixture evenly between four tea cups (or individually sized ramekins) and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. During this time, the mixture will firm up to the consistency of pudding. Serve chilled, with any combination of the following garnishes: whipped cream, fresh raspberries, or fresh mint leaves.

YouTube Famous: A Look Back at Bigelow Tea’s Favorite Videos

Think back to your favorite family home video – the clothes that people are wearing (those high-waisted shorts!), the hairstyles (80s hair!), everything that’s changed in the world since then (whoa, technology!). Well, just like you love your family videos, Bigelow Tea does, too. That’s why it’s so much fun to do a flashback and highlight a few fave videos from YouTube.

Learn about the story behind “Constant Comment®” – told by Co-Chairman David Bigelow:

President and CEO Cindi Bigelow adds a bit of wit and fun while showing you how to make a yummy Greenie Martini. Watch until the end – otherwise you’ll miss the shake-off.

Learn the art behind the perfect cup of tea (don’t worry, the tea police won’t come after you if you don’t!):

And then there was that time one of our employees, Jamaar Wright, wrote a rap for Bigelow Tea (it’s pretty cool).

So, yeah, while a lot has changed over the years, one thing that never changes is this: a good cup of tea makes everything better. Wouldn’t you agree?  #TeaProudly

Get A Ticket To The Hydration Station With Bigelow Tea!

As the mercury rises this month, you’re gonna want to stay hydrated! This is soooo important – not only when it’s hot outside, but all the time! And what better way to stay refreshed and hydrated than with some iced Bigelow Tea?! Yup, everyone agrees. But, why exactly is it so important to drink up?

Take a look:

Why hydrate?

According to the American Heart Association, keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently.

And why summer?

During the summer months, your body requires more replacement fluids and cooling methods than at other times throughout the year.

What are you waiting for?

Time to drink up! Try a nice tall glass of iced tea. Just note that decaffeinated tea will be more hydrating that caffeinated. Of course, Bigelow offers plenty of herbal teas to choose from. And there are loads of awesome iced tea combos to get you going – don’t stop ‘til you get enough! Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz is a fan favorite, and so are Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea, and Cranberry Hibiscus and Orange & Spice® Iced Tea.

Don’t forget to make it fun!

Add an extra layer of fabulous (and fun!) with a twist – literally! Once you make your tea, try adding fruit and herbs, like lemon, berries and mint.

Anything else?

Other great selections are water or sparkling water, milk, and sugar-free beverages in moderation. Smoothies are also a great alternative! Like a Blueberry Green Tea Protein SmoothiePerfectly Peachy Pineapple Smoothie, or Bigelow® Herbal Tea Smoothie. Mmmm…. Enjoy!

If you come up with a super cool way to hydrate this summer (Iced tea combo! Infusion ideas! Smoothie recipes!), tag #TeaProudly and let us know!

Aw, Shucks, Thanks For All The #TeaProudly Love, Bigelow Tea Fans!

Bigelow Tea drinkers are SERIOUSLY the best. And they’re also the greatest at sharing their #TeaProudly moments! Obviously, you all know what #TeaProudly is by now, but just in case you don’t (hey, new tea drinkers!), here’s how it works. We all love tea, right? And along with our passion (yours and ours!), is the fun we all have in sharing what’s important. Because who doesn’t love to talk about favorite tea flavors, awesome mugs, cool tea memories with friends and family, and any other time tea has rocked our world?!

Just in case you missed some of these special #TeaProudly confessions online, here are a few fun tidbits right here. Hey, maybe this will inspire you to leave your own tea thoughts in the comments of this blog, on our TeaProudly site, or anywhere in social (just tag with #TeaProudly so we can join in on the fun!).

So, when are you tea lovers enjoying a cup of Bigelow?

Jeff Cusick: Earl grey in the morning to get it going (9 AM), Green Tea for avoiding the lunch sleepiness (12pm), and perfect peach after work/ before bed to relax (10PM) #TeaProudly

Deborah Reese: Anytime is a great time for Bigelow Tea!!! #TeaProudly

Tammy Rainy: Ideally, one cup at breakfast, a cup between each meal, and one more right before bed, obviously! #TeaProudly

Andrea Thomas Barnes: Right after a workout! Tea poured over ice! #TeaProudly

@ChristyGdrink more hot tea at work and iced tea at home! #TeaProudly

And when it comes to enjoying a cup, here’s what you had to say:

Tiffany Rose Ibarra: [“Constant Comment®”] My “comfort” tea!

@Lisastankovic: Feeling a bit of a #hotmess today! Nothing a little #bigelow tea and a splash of #torani can’t solve!

@17_days_at_a_time: Morning fuel!

@rockitsloth: It’s summer outside but winter in my heart. So excited I still have these! #bigelowtea #gingersnap @bigelowtea

And, hey, if you’re not drinking tea, you’re at least thinking about it!

@beccakae13: Our favorite @bigelowtea mug chipped, so we #upcycled a cute planter! #succulents #TeaProudly

We hope you’re thinking about a cup of tea now (if you weren’t already). Never pass up an opportunity to brew, sip and savor – and share those moments with #TeaProudly!

5 Reasons To Be Peachy Keen On Bigelow Peach Flavors

It’s summer, summer, summertime, and you know what that means! Fresh, yummy, DELICIOUS peaches! And if you like sun-ripened peaches, you’ll looove Bigelow Tea’s peach flavors. Why? Well, if the taste of perfection isn’t enough, here are five facts that prove peaches are awesome. Go ahead, brew a pot (or a pitcher) of Perfect Peach® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with PeachDandelion Peach Rooibos Green Tea, and Plantation Peach® Pyramid Bags, and read on.

  1. Oh, that’s old history. Peaches are so rad, they’ve been around for longer than all of us. Science tells us that peaches have been enjoyed by people for at least 7,500 years, according to well-preserved ancient peach pits found in China. Considered to be the favorite fruit of emperors, peaches were written about in Chinese literature dating back to the 10th century. By way of Persia, Greece and the Roman Empire, the peach was brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the 16th century.
  2. Stop and smell the roses… errr… peaches. Believe it or not, peaches are a member of the rose family! Who knew?! Peaches are also related to plums, apricots and almonds (distant cousins, maybe??).
  3. So good, there’s even a month for them. Today, peaches are a staple in the summer fruit basket—August is even recognized as National Peach Month! Celebrate all month long with Bigelow Tea’s blends bursting with the flavor of peach for you to enjoy.
  4. Winner of the “goes with everything” superlative award. Seriously. Peaches – and peach-flavored teas – go well with everything. Sweet, savory or spicy? No problem. Don’t believe it? Try one of these fab recipes for Peach No-Bake Cheesecake, Perfect Peach Mustard Dipping SaucePerfectly Peachy Pineapple Smoothie, or Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches.
  5. They’re so vain, they probably think this blog is about them. For real, the color of peach tea alone is worth a post on Instagram. Have you seen how pretty it is?? Steep a bag until you get that perfectly peach hue, slice up a peach and get that phone ready.

Yup, so there you have it. You’re craving a glass now, aren’t ya? Go get a box (or two, or three) and tag #TeaProudly with your best photos!