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Honor Labor Day With Love, Kindness & Generosity

Labor Day, a time to celebrate American working men and women. Today almost 160 million Americans work. A job is one of the critical elements to allowing individuals and families to have stability in their life. So let’s honor this special day and celebrate with love, kindness and generosity to all those around you.  – The Bigelow Family

Bigelow Peppermint Teas + Holidays? Yes!

bigelow-tea-peppermint-herbal-teaIt’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaar! Hello, December! This season was made for all things cozy and warm, and a cup of Bigelow Tea is no exception. Don’t get us wrong — like you, we like to drink tea all year ‘round, but there’s something extra special about cuddling up by a fire or with a blanket, and a mug of tea. And what goes better with the cold weather outside than the cool and crisp flavor of Peppermint? (Though, we suggest enjoying that flavor inside, where it’s warm…)bigelow-tea-peppermin-bark-seasonal-tea

We love the versatility of peppermint. It’s clean and invigorating, and we use only the smoothest, most refreshing peppermint in a variety of our flavors, such as Peppermint Herbal TeaSweet Dreams® and Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea. In fact, few people realize that peppermint is actually a hybrid between spearmint and water mint, but everyone recognizes its iconic minty-fresh scent! And when we say everyone, we mean all the way back to ancient times: dried peppermint leaves are said to have been found in several Egyptian pyramids carbon dated back to 1,000 BC. Whoa, kind of like history’s first air freshener…

Since then, peppermint has also been recognized for its medicinal properties — research indicates that it may aid in digestion, and may help to ease abdominal pain and nausea, alleviate hay fever symptoms, enhance memory and increase alertness, and clear your respiratory tract. As if you needed another reason to drink a cup beyond how delicious it tastes, right?

Whether you’re looking for a wake-up call in the morning with our Green Tea with Mint, or a soothing retreat before bed with some Mint Medley or Chamomile Mint Herbal Tea, it’s no wonder that mint is one of our most wildly-loved ingredients. Give it a try – who knows, maybe (just, maybe!) you’ll find your comfort and joy in a cup.

Don’t forget to share your coziest peppermint moments by tagging #TeaProudly on your favorite social media channel or come over to www.teaproudly.com and share with us there.  Either way, let’s share a mug or two together!

Bigelow Tea Wishes You and Your Friends & Family A Happy Fourth Of July

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Take a few moments today to sip and celebrate what makes America so great. We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday spent with friends and family! Happy Fourth of July from Bigelow Tea!Bigelow Family

Setting Sail for Columbus Day

Currier & Ives painting first landing of Columbus on the shores of the New World
Image via Wikimedia Commons

As cooler temps prevail, leaves change and we dig for our favorite warm fleece, here at Bigelow Tea we’re raising our cup, (and maybe a Constant Comment biscotti?) to Christopher Columbus today Monday, October 11th, Columbus Day.

Columbus Day is celebrated throughout the Americas to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World in 1492. In much of Latin America it’s known as Día de la Raza; in the Bahamas it’s Discovery Day and look for Hispanic Day in Spain.

While some debate still surrounds Columbus (many contend you can’t “discover” occupied lands) there is no question that Columbus’s “Enterprise of the Indies” opened up great opportunities for the subsequent Euro/Americas cultural surge. History of the Americas prior to his arrival is still referred to as “Pre-Columbian.”

Columbus before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain after his first return from America
Image via Library of Congress

Interesting that it took 300 plus years before we began celebrating officially (busy, busy, busy with all that exploration/colonization/revolution)! In 1937, FDR officially set aside October 12 as the United States holiday, and in 1971, Congress moved it to the second Monday in October. Today, in New York City, the biggest and most famous Columbus Day parade is a major event, and many Italian-Americans also observe the day as a special celebration of their proud heritage.

Spectators cheer during the Columbus Day parade in New York City
Image via Wikimedia Commons

So what adventure will you embrace on the holiday? We highly recommend exploring a different flavor of Bigelow Tea, grabbing it to go (hot or cold depending on your weather) and sipping it while sailing off to your local parade or festivities. Pack a lunch (don’t forget the Constant Comment biscotti!) and revel in the history, the vision and the courage that was Columbus, as he helped changed the course of mankind.

Keeping Kashrut — Celebrate Passover with Select Kosher Bigelow Teas

Table set for the Passover Seder

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.org

As members of the Jewish faith begin the festive, holy season of Pesach (Passover), they commence an eight-day period of religious observance in memory of the exodus and freedom of the Israelites from Egypt, after enduring 400 years of slavery. Families gather and large feasts, called Seders, are lovingly prepared and these lavish meals are the focal point of the Passover celebration. Dietary guidelines are strictly observed: leavened bread and other fermented wheat grain products, referred to as chametz, are strictly forbidden. All food consumed during this festival of freedom must be Kosher for Passover, in compliance with Jewish dietary laws or Kashrut.

Bigelow Tea is proud to have been awarded Kof-K Kosher for Passover certification on 41 of their popular tea flavors, from the Blended Black Tea, Herbal Tea and Green Tea selections, and this has not gone unnoticed.  Supermarkets (including the cyberspace variety) specializing in Kosher products are citing Bigelow Tea in their Exciting Passover Products category! After all the family and friends have gone home and all the dishes are put away, what better way to relax and reflect on the day’s events than to sit back and sip some soothing Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea?

This year, Passover begins at sunset on Wednesday, April 8th with the first Seder of this eight-day celebration, and ends on Thursday, April 16th. To the men, women and children (and pets) participating in the festivities of this season, the family and employees of Bigelow wish you much laughter and joy, peace and good health as you celebrate Passover.

What Would Saint Patrick enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day?

The history of Saint Patrick is a blending of mythology and fact so intertwined that separating reality from fantasy could prove to be as difficult as removing the tea from Ireland. But one thing is for sure, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity to recognize “all things Irish” in ourselves, and maybe enjoy an extra cup (or two) of Green Tea from Bigelow Tea for your morning or afternoon!

Fifth century Ireland is a lost world, virtually closed to both historians and archaeologists, and what little is known about the life and work of Patrick comes from his own writings in Latin. Saint Patrick was an Irish apostle who as legend has it, banished snakes from the shores of his country, and suffered much persecution. On his way to sainthood, Saint Patrick is credited with establishing many churches and schools in his homeland while gaining his place in Irish History, and helping free his country from religious persecution.

Bigelow Green Tea

On St. Patrick’s Day it is tradition to take part in the “wearin’ of the green”; something green in honor of the day and in honor of Ireland and the good deeds of St. Patrick. Fortunately for Tea Lovers, Bigelow Tea has a few suggestions for a grand St. Patrick’s Day celebration at home.

The Greenie Mar-TEA-niIngredients:
6 Bigelow® Green Tea tea bags
1¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Green Tea 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. Chill.

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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

President’s Day: A tradition of Tea

President’s Day 2009 stands to remind us that Tea has played an important part in the Presidency and American politics from the beginning of the Republic. According to the Tea book Tea with Presidential Families, presidents and their wives knew a cup of tea could change a country. We know that tea can grace a quiet afternoon on a rainy day, but it also plays prominently in the powerful office of the Presidency. From George Washington to Barrack Obama, each president has a story with tea playing a role.

And thank goodness for that — the presidential regime is tough, and the Commander in Chief needs all the help he can get to maintain mental and physical vigor. With all the many health properties that Tea brings to the table, the President profits from improved attention and focus as well as benefits to the Brain and Heart. Our First President George Washington drank tea regularly, as did most Americans. In fact, it is estimated that Americans at the time of the American Revolution drank more tea per capita than any other nation on earth, at times averaging 10 pounds of tea per person yearly. That’s a great country-building plan! After Washington became President, tea was always served for state occasions, and George and Martha began a long tradition of Presidential Tea.

Our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln also enjoyed tea; enjoying tea time with the family was one of the customs the Lincolns observed to affirm their middle class status before ascending to the Presidency. The Tea tradition continues today with the current Administration, so a tip of the cup on President’s Day to tradition and good taste!

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of Us!

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With a blinding flash of bright pink, Valentine’s Day bisects February with a reminder that almost anything can be packaged in heart-shaped boxes, and if you don’t impress your significant other, you’re definitely in for six more weeks of winter.

Many look forward to the occasion with big ideas for home-made chocolates, construction paper cards and dinner for two, but Bigelow Tea lovers can look forward to their own special tea made just for the holiday. Bigelow Tea offers seasonal Valentine’s blends in White Chocolate Kisses and Sweetheart Cinnamon.

White Chocolate Kisses and Sweet Cinnamon Hearts

For those in search of the perfect nightcap after a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, here are two decadent drink recipes that use these specially made Valentine Day Teas; enjoy!

Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:
4 Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses tea bags
1 ¼ cups boling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vanilla vodka

Yield: Serves 4

Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni

Instructions:

Chocolate lovers and martini drinkers unite! This special cocktail is flavored with White Chocolate Kisses, one of Bigelow’s newest tea creations. Vanilla vodka gives it extra punch.

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Squeeze tea bags and remove.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with once ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:
4 Bigelow® White Chocolate Kisses tea bags
1 ¼ cups boling water
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup cocoa powder (optional)
4 ounces vanilla vodka
4 ounces whipping cream

Yield: Serves 4

Bigelow® Kisses-n-Cream Mar-TEA-ni

Instructions:

The twist on Bigelow’s White Chocolate Kisses Mar-TEA-ni uses a touch of cream to bring out even more chocolate flavor.

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Squeeze tea bags and remove.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

Prepare martini glasses by wetting the rim and dipping in a shallow dish of cocoa powder.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea, one ounce of the vanilla vodka and mix it with once ounce of cream in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

The Shadow Knows: Groundhog Day 2009

Every year on February 2nd, folks in the frostbitten northeast turn to groundhogs for meteorological prognostication. Six months before the first official day of spring, this is the groundhog’s day in the sun, or out of it.

Most of us who have shivered through the bitter gray doldrums of winter hope that there is not a shadow in sight when these famous groundhogs emerge from their groundhog houses.

The first groundhog in North America to make his prediction is Shubenacadie Sam, the weather predicting groundhog at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park in Nova Scotia. And according to this article, there will be free tea for all who attend the breakfast held in Sam’s honor.

The most famous groundhog in North America is Pennsylvania’s own Punxsutawney Phil. Every year, thousands of spectators gather in the out-of-the-way town of Punxsutawney to watch Phil make his prediction.

If you find yourself in Punxsutawney this Groundhog Day, you may want to make reservations to stay at the Plantation Getaway Bed and Breakfast, where guests are offered an authentic English Tea.

In 1993, Phil accepted the role of himself in the movie Groundhog Day, alongside Bill Murray (who starred in Lost in Translation with Scarlet Johansen, and served tea in the 2003 film Coffee and Cigarettes).

If you are unable to make it to Punxsutawney to see Phil in person, you can find a warm spot on the couch, a hot cup of tea and watch Bill Murray relive Groundhog Day over and over again.

Note: While Bigelow Tea does offer several seasonal teas, a Groundhog Day themed tea (neither the film nor the holiday) has yet to hit the shelves.

Delicious Teas for Valentine’s Day

We have just launched the most delicious new teas for the Valentine season…White Chocolate Kisses and Sweet Cinnamon Hearts. White Chocolate is an amazing blend of black tea and smooth chocolate (with a few other magical ingredients sprinkled in) and Sweet Cinnamon is a delightful herbal tea made from sweet apple and healthful cinnamon.

White Chocolate Kisses and Sweet Cinnamon Hearts

Both are beyond words….they are only out on a limited basis….so look for these really fun teas that actually taste better than you could imagine…and no calories (not bad for a Valentine treat)!

Cindi Bigelow