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6 Festive Bigelow Tea Drink Recipes For Holiday Gatherings

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to enjoy good food, fun with friends, plenty of love, laughter and……you guessed it, tea!  Speaking of fun……these six heavenly drink recipes made with Bigelow Tea will amaze and delight your holiday guests. So jump right in and start celebrating six sensational suggestions for holiday entertaining that are sure to be nothing short of awesome!

1. Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

Who doesn’t love a good ugly sweater party, right?! This traditional spiced treat will warm your guests when (baby) it’s cold outside. Laugh it up and don’t forget to have guests vote for their favorite ugly sweater at the end of the night!

Orange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine

Warm your guests this winter with this traditional treat – wine spiced with Bigelow’s Orange & Spice tea.

Makes 8 4-oz drinks

Ingredients

4 cups red table wine

4 Bigelow Orange & Spice® Herbal Tea Bags

½ cup light brown sugar

1 bay leaf

Instructions

Try a Bigelow “Naughteas” Cocktail – a drink made using Bigelow Orange and Spice herbal tea and alcohol. Place red wine in a medium saucepan and heat to simmer. (DO NOT BOIL.) Add tea bags and let sit over low heat for 30 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Add sugar and bay leaf, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let wine sit over low heat for another 10 minutes, then remove bay leaf. Reheat and serve as needed.

2. Cookie Exchange

Cookies, cookies, everywhere—can you say yum?! Make your holiday cookie exchange super special with this classic hot drink that is sure to complement any scrumptious holiday delight that comes your way!

Hot Eggnogg’n Buttered Rum

A popular classic hot drink using Bigelow’s Eggnogg’n tea. It’s the ultimate hot drink for winter.

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 tea bags Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea*

6 cups (48-ounces) hot water

Spiced Butter:

¾ cup light brown sugar

½ cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

⅛ teaspoon salt

8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum

Whipped cream, optional

*Variations: Try using Bigelow Apple Cider Herbal Tea or Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea

Instructions 

In large glass bowl, place tea bags; add hot water. Brew for 4 minutes. Squeeze tea from bags then discard bags. Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl add all Spiced Butter ingredients; beat at medium high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until light in color (1 minute). In 6 mugs or heat-proof glasses, place 2 tablespoons spiced butter, 2-ounces rum, and 6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired. 

3. Holiday Decorating & Tree-Trimming Party 

Get the bells, bows and boughs out and celebrate with this delicious nonalcoholic party punch the kids will love! For a grown-up punch, kick it up a notch by adding champagne instead of sparkling water.

Sparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch

This delicious and refreshing party punch is made with Bigelow Constant Comment tea, adding a bit of spice to this beverage.

Makes 25 4-oz. Drinks

Ingredients

4 cups water

6 Bigelow “Constant Comment” Tea Bags

2 quarts Sparkling Water**

1 12-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate

1 12-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate

1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple with juice

Garnish with Orange Slices

Instructions

In a saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea bags, cover and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Allow tea to cool; then chill. Just before serving time, combine tea, sparkling water or Champagne, juice concentrates, and pineapple in a large punch bowl. Garnish with Orange Slices ** Celebrating a special event? Spark it up by substituting 1-½ to 2 bottles of Champagne for the Sparkling Water

4. Holiday Brunch 

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch, but whatever you call it, brunch is the bomb! Make your holiday brunch extraordinary with this festive and refreshing nonalcoholic raspberry punch!

Raspberry Holiday Punch

A non-alcoholic drink your holiday guests will love and Bigelow helped you make it with Red Raspberry Herbal tea.

Makes 18 24-oz drinks

Ingredients

2 cups Cranberry Juice or Cran-Raspberry Juice

Juice of ½ lime

2 cups ginger ale or lemon lime soda

Sherbet (Raspberry or Lime)

1 quart (4 cups)

Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal Tea—chilled

Instructions

Mix together all ingredients (except soda and sherbet) in punch bowl. Just before serving, add soda slowly to punch bowl and stir gently. Add ice and garnish with fresh lime slices and sherbet. **Either Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea or Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal hot tea bags can be used in the preparation of this recipe. For iced tea, prepare according to directions on the box. For the hot tea bags prepare according to package directions to make iced tea using 6-8 tea bags per 32 ounces boiling water. Prepare ahead of time and chill.

Optional Garnish: Make a frozen decorative ring – You’ll need: 1 round fluted pan (Bundt, tube pan, gelatin mold) Fresh Fruit Water Fill bottom ⅓ of pan with water and freeze until firm. Add fresh or thawed raspberries around pan, alternating with lime slices*; freeze an additional 15-30 minutes or until semi-firm; add remaining water and freeze until set. To remove ring from container, gently dip in hot water to release edges. Remove and place ring in punch bowl. *Can use orange, lemon or any fruit you want to accentuate.

5. Feast of the Seven Fishes 

This longstanding Italian holiday tradition has been embraced and celebrated by people around the globe. Skip the espresso and kick back with this hot holiday tea recipe to top off your holiday feast!

Hot Holiday Tea

Instead of hot chocolate or coffee, why not a cup of tea using Bigelow’s Apple Cider Herbal tea along with a little kick.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 ⅓ (340mL) water

8 Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags

1 ⅓ cups (340mL) cranberry juice

1 cup (250mL) burgundy wine

Cinnamon sticks as a garnish

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea, cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove teabags. Stir in cranberry juice and wine. Return to medium heat. Heat thoroughly. Serve in a large pottery mug. Garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick.

6. New Year’s Eve  

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Go ahead and put off those pesky resolutions–ring in the New Year with this elegant and vibrant red champagne punch!

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

The bright red color of this sparkling punch is perfect for the holidays. The addition of fresh pomegranate seeds makes it extra-festive!

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups boiling water

6 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags*

750-ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

2 tablespoons orange juice

¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds (optional)

*Variation – Red Raspberry Champagne Punch: substitute 6 Bigelow® Red Raspberry Herbal tea bags for the Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz and substitute ½ cup fresh raspberries for the pomegranate seeds.

Instructions

The bright red color of this sparkling punch is perfect for the holidays. The addition of fresh pomegranate seeds makes it extra-festive! Combine water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags and remove. Add orange juice. To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. Pour champagne into a large pitcher. Add tea mixture and pomegranate seeds to pitcher and stir. Serve immediately.

North Pole at Bigelow Tea

 

What a beautiful Saturday morning yesterday was.  We decorated Bigelow Tea to look like the “North Pole” and invited all of the employees to bring their children and grandchildren for a festive event.  Great food, a very funny magician, and of course a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus-it was absolutely wonderful!  The kid’s huge smiles and the parents’ and grandparents’ overwhelming joy was what the holidays are all about.

We have a team at Bigelow Tea that takes months to plan this day and what was so fantastic was I wasn’t sure who was more delighted with the morning, the North Pole team or the little children!  It was a the perfect way to start the holiday season….HO HO HO

 

Cindi Bigelow

 

 

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Families with National Family Week and Thanksgiving

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It’s easy to think about family at the holidays. Why not start the celebration with National Family Week, which just happens to coincide with the week of Thanksgiving! That’s right; November 22nd-28th is National Family Week in 2009. With Bigelow Tea so deep-rooted in, and committed to family and family values, we’re anticipating more than double the enjoyment!

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National Family Week (NFW) is intended to help build strong, successful families; it’s organized by the Alliance for Children and Families. For nearly 40 years the Alliance has supported local efforts across the nation. The top priority this year for NFW is to support the civic engagement work of the Alliance for Children and Families.famil2

So, while planning your Thanksgiving family gathering, why not include some activities for National Family Week? There are plenty of resources online to help you get started! Of course you’ll want to put the pot on to boil and offer up some great Bigelow Tea! Perhaps take it a step further and host a Thanksgiving tea party, including  plenty of wonderful family activities.  It is a  great way to spend time with the ones you love.

Remember, nothing says warm family gathering like a hot tasty pot of Bigelow Tea – it’s all about family and special times together! The best wishes for you and yours this Thanksgiving Holiday as well as for Family week!

Bigelow Tea Honors Labor Day 2009

Labor Day means different things to different people: big sales or the last chance for a family vacation before school starts; maybe the end of summer, baseball’s pennant race and the beginning of football season!

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Image from the Library of Congress

Most importantly, it’s a time to honor working men and women across the country — and none work harder than our team at Bigelow Tea, providing our fans with over 1.2 billion tea bags per year.

Bigelow Tea employs approximately 350 people who enjoy tremendous work opportunities. Maybe that’s why it’s designated as a Winning Workplace and why so many Bigelow employees stay with the family owned business for their entire career!

Employer-worker relations at many companies have not always been so harmonious.  Labor Day has its origins in a desire to overcome labor strife, according to The Labor Movement, by George McNeill, which originated in Boston in 1844. The first Labor Day, however, was celebrated in New York City in 1882 when 10,000 workers paraded (unpaid) to demonstrate the strength of their burgeoning movement. Over the years, states and cities passed ordinances honoring workers, but it was not until 1894 that the U.S. Congress made the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.

From all of us at the Bigelow Family and Bigelow Tea Family of Workers, have a safe and happy Labor Day!