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Bigelow Tea Owned Charleston Tea Plantation, A Tea Journey Past and Present

Bigelow Tea has been an American classic since 1945 and while we all know and love the company’s tasty tea, Bigelow has another gem to celebrate, the Bigelow owned Charleston Tea Plantation which is America’s largest working tea garden located on the historic Wadmalaw Island. This South Carolina destination has ideal climate for growing the Camellia Sinesis (tea!) plant. Bigelow purchased the plantation in 2003 and has created a literal tea oasis; besides producing American Classic Tea, the plantation is also a beautiful setting for weddingseducational tours, and even a variety of music festivals.

NPR shared what life is like on the Charleston Tea Plantation in an interview with America’s only fulltime tea taster, William Barclay Hall. Hall gives fascinating insight into growing tea the old-fashioned way:

  • The Charleston Tea Plantation grows cuttings in a nursery for four years instead of planting seeds. These bushes are, unbelievably, descendants of the same plants that were first brought to region in the 1700s.
  • Talk about a taste for tea — Hall is a third generation tea taster (his father and grandfather held the roles before him) who was trained in London. During his training, he tasted as many as 800 teas a day, five days a week!
  • Tea is one of the only commodities in the world bought and sold based on taste, according to Hall. Because tea is harvested on average every 15 days, the taste is always changing based on everything from the temperature, to the amount of rain, to the time of year.
  • Pests stay away from tea! The caffeine and tannins in tea repel insects, so the Charleston Tea plantation doesn’t need to use any pesticide, herbicides or fungicides.
  • Tea leaves are placed on “withering box” screens for 18 hours, and then macerated in a grinder. Hall then steeps, tastes and blends every single batch until he thinks it tastes absolutely right.

Now you know: a little piece of tea history continues on in the modern world, all thanks to Bigelow!

How To Make An Amazing Outdoor Garden (You Can Use Tea!)

Yes!!! April is National Garden Month so that means it’s time to get ready to enjoy all those gorgeous colors that will bloom soon (if some haven’t already)! Plus, it’s that time of year to take on an outdoorsy project – like making your own garden of course!

Bigelow Tea has a lot of experience doing just this- our community garden 

grows fresh ‘n’ delicious goodies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and basil. We even donate our bounty to local nonprofit organizations where they help feed those who may be less fortunate.

And of course, Bigelow Tea has also cultivated a rather, um, large garden—the Charleston Tea Plantation! (See the pic of all the rows of beautiful tea above!)

On a smaller scale, whether you are interested in growing your own garden so you can feed your family or help give to others- here’s a super idea: You can start a garden using tea bags! How cool is that? Try some of these tips from a tea fan:

  1. Begin with a plate, platter or disposable serving tray lined with unbleached paper towels.
  2. Place moistened tea bags, which have been prepared normally using boiling water, on the tray.
  3. Using a small blade/knife or your fingers, make a small slit in the tea bags (large enough to plant your seeds).
  4. Take 2-3 seeds and push them into the slit that you made in the tea bag so that the seeds are slightly covered by the tea leaves.  Keep in mind that because the tea leaves are moist, some of the contents of the tea bag will get on your fingers- don’t worry, just make sure that the seed is in place.Put your tea bag garden in a sunny area and wait for your seeds to sprout.  Be sure to keep the paper towels moistened1 Depending on sun exposure, temperature and watering, seeds should begin to sprout in 10-15 days. When watering, pour water onto the paper towels, not directly onto the tea bags.
  5. Once you have a small sprout, take the whole tea bag and plant it in either a raised bed or container.  The tea bag will become fantastic compost for the garden!

Another simple way to get gardening is to start with herbs. It’s an easy way to get going with that farm to table concept!

So how does your garden grow? Share your green thumb tips with us! Be sure to tag #TeaProudly so we can use some tips for our own gardens!

‘Fess Up: How Often Do You Snack?

Noshing, munching, nibbling- whatever you want to call it, Americans love snacking! In today’s crazy busy culture, snacking on-the-go instead of sitting down to three square meals is truly becoming a way of life. Whether you are indulging at your desk at work, grabbing a bite when shuttling the kids to classes, or fueling up after a workout, snack time is all the time! Need proof? Read these fascinating stats from Mintel, a market research provider:

  • Millennials are more likely than any other generation to snack four times a day or more.
  • 94% of Americans are snacking at least once per day.
  • Snacking now accounts for 50% of all eating occasions and many Americans say that snacking helps them meet daily nutritional requirements.
  • 37% of the time, a snack replaces a meal.

When you hear the word “snack,” we wouldn’t blame you if it invokes visions of candy bars, chips and cookies. But “snacking” doesn’t have to mean eating junk. For example, this Chai Shortbread cookie recipe from Bigelow Tea fan by Swathi @ South Indian Kitchen is just made for grabbing and then going! Plus, it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Chai Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

For making Chai short bread cookies:

  • 1cup (130g ) all purpose flour
  • ¼cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • ¼cup (33g) powdered sugar
  • ¼teaspoon salt
  • Bigelow Vanilla chai tea packet
  • ½cup butter

For Chai spice mix:

  • 6cardamom
  • 2inch cinnamon
  • 1/2inch dry ginger/ ¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • ¼teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4black peppercorn
  • For chai spice sugar
  • ½teaspoon chai spice
  • 2tablespoon sparkling sugar

Instructions

In a kitchen aid stand mixer add butter, sugar, powdered sugar cream well. To this add flour, salt and vanilla chai packet and mix well until everything combined well.
Scrape the dough out of the bowl and warp it in a parchment paper. Freeze the dough, or chill for at least 30 minutes.
Make chai spice powder by grinding all the ingredients for chai spice. Then mix the chai spice with sugar and set aside.
To bake, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat. Spread the dough into ¼ inch sheet and cut out using your favorite cookie cutter. Then roll the dough into chai spice sugar. Place the cookie on the baking sheet and bake until the edges are just beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.

You also might want to try thinking out of the box when it comes to snacking – such as out of the tea box, that is! Tea like Salted Caramel and Vanilla Chai just may be the ultimate go anywhere treat! Simply throw some teabags in your purse or pack, and curb those cravings wherever you can grab hot water. Sometimes a nice mug of tea is just what your body needs to feel revived, refreshed and refueled!

Here is an idea: if you’re jonesing for something sweet, keep a teabag of a savory caramel or chocolate flavor handy to help you beat the battle of the bulge, yet still indulge!

So, what’s your fave snack? Share and tag #TeaProudly.

Happy Easter From Bigelow Tea

From our family to yours, may your Easter Sunday be filled with joy and loved ones.

This Is What To Eat With Your Cup Of Bigelow Black Tea


Have you ever thought about how a cup of black tea totally comes alive with a well-paired dish? Think about it…when you combine certain flavors, those on the plate can definitely enhance what’s in your cup and suddenly, your tea really pops. Maybe it’s more robust. Or sweeter. Possibly more smooth. Each food and tea pairing is absolutely unique, and at Bigelow Tea, we love when that happens! It’s all about exploring and savoring a variety of tastes, right? Like, a cup of black tea paired with Pomegranate Pepper Steaks. It’s nothing short of amazing. Or, if you’re looking for a bit of a kick, try coupling a cup of Darjeeling with a Tea-Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea-Infused Chutney. And don’t forget dessert! (Psh… who could forget dessert?!) You know how you love a drizzle of honey in your tea? Well, pair a cup of black tea with this recipe for Spicy Chai-Poached Pears and you’ll make your heart happy. Is your mouth watering yet? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Don’t worry, the recipes are here to stay.

If you’re still looking for more tea and food pairings, this chart of suggestions from the Tea Association of Canada might help guide you on your next flavor adventure. Find one that you like? Join the conversation and share it with other tea lovers—tag your discoveries with #TeaProudly. Show us whatcha got!

Pomegranate Pepper Steaks

Ingredients

1 cup (250mL) boiling water
12 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
3 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced in strips
2 tablespoons (30mL) olive oil
4 – 6oz. (168g) round steak, tenderized
Salt to taste
Dash of pepper
Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Add tea bags to boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Reserve. Add olive oil to a heavy skillet, saute peppers until soft. Set aside. Add steak to peppers and continue sauteing for about 5 minutes on each side or until done to your taste. Place steaks on a warm plate, top with peppers. Keep warm. Pour tea into hot skillet, add salt and pepper, stirring and scrapping brown pits from pan. Boil to reduce liquid to ½ cup (125mL). Pour sauce over steak and peppers. Serve with hot rice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds is desired. Great with Bigelow Pomegranate Risotto.

Tea Braised Leg of Lamb with Pear, Jalapeno and Tea Infused Chutney

Ingredients

4 pounds leg of lamb, boneless, ready to roast kosher salt and Black Pepper
clarified butter, or any high heat fat (enough to coate bottom of pan)
2 sweet onions, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
32 ounces chicken stock
8  Bigelow Lemon Lift Tea bags
8  Bigelow Plantation Mint Tea bags

Chutney:

2 pounds pear, diced
1 cup jalapeno, diced
2 cups sweet onion, diced
1 cup white vinegar

Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea bags
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 cup agave nectar, or sugar

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.

Heat braising pan and add enough fat to cover bottom. Heat stock to a boil and add tea bags and let steep while lamb is browning. Dry lamb with paper towels and season with salt and pepper and immediately sear on all sides in braising pan. Remove from pan and sweet onion, garlic. Then add celery and carrot and sweat till they begin to become tender. Return lamb back to pan and add stock. Stock should slightly cover or come up at least three quarters of the lamb leg. Place in low 200 degree oven for approximately four hours or until fork tender. Remove from braising liquid and place braiser on stove with liquid and reduce to about 1 cup and strain. Season to taste and serve with lamb.

While lamb is braising prepare chutney. Heat vinegar to boil and add tea bags, let steep five minutes. Combine all diced ingredients in a pot and cover with steeped vinegar and tea bags and agave nectar (or sugar). Let cook till liquid has reduced and is syrupy and pears are tender. Chill and serve with lamb.

Spicy Chai Poached Pears

Ingredients

12 Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
8 cups (2L) boiling water
2 cups (500mL) sugar
4 pears, peeled and cored
1 cup (250mL) mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup honey
Fresh mint leaves for garnish
Zest of orange

Instructions

Over medium heat, add boiling water to large saucepan. Add Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Add sugar, bring mixture to under a boil, once sugar has dissolved, add pears. Reduce to a simmer and poach pears for 15-20 minutes until soft. Reserve liquid and cool to room temperature. Mix cheese, vanilla, heavy cream and honey together. Thin mixture with 3 tablespoons of the reserved liquid. Place 1 cup of the reserved liquid and orange zest in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce liquid to ⅔ of a cup. To serve place 2 tablespoons liquid mixture on each plate, place a pear on top and drizzle with cheese sauce. Garnish with mint leaves.

Grab A Mug of Bigelow Tea And #RELAX With These 12 Stress-Relieving Tips

Does your stress stress you out to the point where you’re too stressed to deal with stress? Ugh. That’s the worst… It’s simple for people to tell you to just let it go, but sometimes, that’s easier said than done, right? Right. That’s why Bigelow Tea is equipping you with a few tips to get you through those challenging moments. And given that it’s Stress Awareness Month, there’s no better time, really! So, grab a mug of your favorite tea (BONUS TIP!) and scroll on down. Consider it our version of a pep talk.

  1. For starters, try to change your perception on how to handle stress. Be honest about what is working for you, and what’s not.
  2. Learn to say “no” when it’s appropriate. You’ll feel so much better once you begin to incorporate this into your life.
  3. Have the courage to ask for help when you need it! Whether you’re tackling a project or just need someone to talk to, asking for help is the first step towards positive progress.
  4. Give back. Performing random acts of kindness may be the secret to alleviating social anxiety, according to research. Studies have also shown that being nice makes us happier, less stressed and may even help us live longer. Oh, and don’t forget the whole altruism aspect… When you’re nice to someone, you just feel good. You have a bigger smile and an even bigger heart.
  5. Find better ways to manage your time by making a schedule or to-do list. Check, check, check… It’s just as rewarding to cross those items of a list as it is to complete them.
  6. Naturally Savvy, a good friend to Bigelow, suggests keeping it simple in the kitchen. While there are moments that call for fancy meals, a delicious, nutritious dinner can come together in 20 minutes or less. Another great trick is to plan your meals out ahead of time.
  7. Speaking of meals, take a look at what you’re eating and drinking. We found that some foods may even help reduce our crazy anxiety and help refuel for, well, life. After all, we all need the right fuel to conquer tomorrow and the next day and the next.
  8. We often take our stress home with us after a busy day, but taking some time to brew a hot cup of tea can be just the thing to slow down. And studies have shown that l-theanine, which is found in tea, is a powerful little amino acid which promotes relaxation and helps reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and irritability – all without making you drowsy.
  9. Sleep better. Start making some snooze-inducing changes to feel rested and raring to go instead of wanting to hide under the covers. Nix the bedtime screen time, and try a hot bath or some gentle stretching.
  10. Practice self-care. It’s a fab way to recharge your mind, body, and spirit. Develop a mantra, breathe, drink a cup of tea, take a bubble bath, hug someone, cry or tidy up. Even a minute doing one of these things can help you feel better.
  11. Get your blood moving! Exercising is a great stress-reliever! Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and increase your overall health. Go take a walk or get to a fitness class. You’ll feel better afterward.
  12. Get outside. Harness the power of nature for easing stress. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

And while you’re drinking the wild air, why not drink a mug of tea? Aside from the benefits listed above, going through the ritual of boiling and steeping can help you take a step back. And tea is practically the mascot for a relaxing time. So, the next time you’re stressed, don’t look at it as a frazzled moment, look at it as an opportunity to #TeaProudly (a time when you are a proud tea drinker knowing you are doing good for yourself). Share your secret weapon against stress and share your favorite ways to unwind….tag your tips with #TeaProudly so we can all learn!

5 Bigelow Tea Sustainability Efforts That Celebrate Earth Month … All Year Long

Earth Month is all of April so let’s celebrate!

Anyone and everyone can do something good for the Earth this month (and, well, all year round!), whether it’s big or small. And that includes Bigelow Tea– it’s about practicing business philosophies that help, not harm. In fact, it’s in our mission statement: “Do the right thing and good things will follow.”

So why do the right thing for the planet? As third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow says, “Being responsible is not something my family does because we can do good things, but because we strongly believe that we should and need to do good things, whether it’s for the community, for our employees, or for the environment.”

Need some inspiration for ways to be earthier this month? Read on for some of Bigelow Tea’s famous “SustainabiliTea” efforts and get motivated!

  1. Supporting renewable energy and reducing emissions, our planet stays in good shape for future generations.  By installing 880 solar panels at our Connecticut headquarters, our yearly effort produces about 200,000 kWh which is enough energy to power 527 homes for an entire year, using nothing but the power of the sun.
  1. We’ve been reducing our energy use for years! This has led to a nearly 10 million kWh reduction where energy has been reduced by over 2.5 million kWh in just our Fairfield plant alone through energy efficiency measures. That’s the equivalent of planting 41 million trees. How have we done this? One way is by replacing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs in offices in all our facilities. So simple, yet so effective – anyone can change their light bulbs to make a difference!
  1. Bigelow Tea has achieved “Zero Waste to Landfill” status. What that means is we’re following the guidelines of the Zero Waste Alliance, which says that a company can claim being a zero waste to landfill facility if no more than 10 per cent of their waste ends up in a landfill.
  1. Bigelow Tea, with the goal of preserving land, purchased the Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003 to save 127 acres of land from real estate development. Today, the plantation has hosted well over 100,000 visitors.
  1. We try to act on the bees’ behalf! Bigelow’s Green Team has planted flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence to help provide bees with a better natural habitat.

Feeling inspired now? We hope so!  And hey if you need more encouragement, check out these Bigelow Tea activities planned for each day of Earth Week (April 17-22):

  • Recycling drives for electronics, towels for local animal shelters and business clothing (women’s and men’s) to benefit  Dress for Success
  • Educational exhibits on container gardening, lighting , recycling and composting
  • Lunch and learn with  the Back Yard Bee Keepers Association
  • Plant tours of our facility to showcase our sustainability efforts and our solar panels
  • Local foods will be served in the cafeteria
  • Raffle prizes – packets of seeds, tee shirts, plants  and more

So how will you observe Earth Month? Let us know by sharing anywhere online and tag with #TeaProudly!

Life Is Easy Breezy With A Cup Of Bigelow Benefits Tea In Hand!

Wow. Have you ever had one of those days where it’s high-speed-not-stopping-anytime-soon? Sooo exhausting! Well, instead of getting to the point where you’re about to tear your hair out from the stress, stop. Take a breath. And reach for a cup of Bigelow Benefits tea. Why? Well, first, they’re awesome. Second, they’re totally delicious. Third, it’s Stress Awareness Month—treat yo’self to some relaxation. Finally (as if you needed another reason, right?!), each tea is masterfully blended with the goodness (dare we say, benefits?) of wellness ingredients, which tackle those moments in life that require a breather.

With a focus on always delivering a beautiful cup of tea, these inspired combinations of herbs and spice ingredients are so imaginative and flavorful, you’ll want to enjoy them morning, noon and night — and all the moments in between. Whether you’re searching for a bit of balance, having a good day, not feeling well, or feeling like you could really use a day at the spa (but don’t have the time to hit pause on your insane life), make a mini-escape with one of these teas.

Radiant Beauty (Blueberry & Aloe Herbal Tea) 

Containing aloe (known for its incredible hydration and skin soothing abilities) and blueberry (yummy and high in antioxidants!), this flavor is designed to make you feel like you’re glowing—inside and out! So, why aloe? Isn’t that something you lather onto a sunburn? Well, yes, but it also has quite the medicinal past. For thousands of years, aloe has been used for a variety of conditions, such as burns and skin irritations. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was actually one of the most frequently prescribed medicines due to its active compounds that may reduce inflammation, and stimulate skin growth and repair. Cool, huh?!

Stay Well (Lemon & Echinacea) 

We’re still in that yucky tail-end of cold and flu season. Don’t let it get you down! Support your health with a tasty combination of Echinacea and lemon.

Balance (Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea)

Spring is right around the corner and what better time to re-calibrate than a new season? Get back to balance with the sweetness of cinnamon, known for having a positive effect on blood sugar.

Calm Stomach (Ginger & Peach)

Settle an upset tummy or just give digestion a kick with this ginger and peach-infused flavor.

Sleep (Chamomile & Lavender Herbal Tea) 

Chamomile and lavender are known for lulling you into snooze-land safely. Amp up your zzz’s with this relaxing blend… You’ll be chilling with those sheep in no time.

Refresh (Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea) 

Give your mind and body a pick-me-up with spicy-sweet turmeric, green tea, and a bit of pepper to pep things up. Unfamiliar with turmeric? No problem. Known as the “golden spice,” turmeric dates back nearly 4,000 years in India and has been used for its medicinal properties. Wanna hear some history? The Hindu religion recognizes the herb as sacred, and there is a wedding day tradition in which a string is tied around the bride’s neck by her groom. Known as a mangala sutra, the necklace is dyed yellow with turmeric paste. In some communities, the groom ties the first knot while his sister ties the rest of the knots. The ritual indicates that the woman is married and is often compared to the Western exchange of wedding rings.

Good Mood (Chocolate & Almond Herbal Tea) 

If you weren’t in a good mood before sipping on this flavor, you will once you finish a mug. A complex blend of smooth almond, sweet chocolate flavors and blackberry, Good Mood does just what its name promises. Besides. It’s chocolate. Who can say no to chocolate??

Whatever your life, mind or body is crying out for, Bigelow Benefits Tea is here for you. Tag #TeaProudly and share your favorite Benefits flavor!

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know: Which Fierce Female Entrepreneur Do You Most Aspire To?

bigelow tea vanilla chai black tea mugFierce. Strong. Empowered. Adventurous. Smart. Trailblazing. Inspiring. Forward-thinking. These are just a few words to describe female entrepreneurs and inventors. And if anyone knows what it’s like to overcome barriers as a woman in business, it’s Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow.

In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”. Today, her granddaughter, Cindi, is president and CEO of the company. Each day, Cindi brings the spirit of her grandmother into every decision she makes for the company. In a country where only 5 percent of companies have female CEOs, Bigelow Tea has thrived—against all odds—to be not only the #1 specialty tea company in the USA, but a part of the conversation about women entrepreneurs.

In celebration of all female entrepreneurs, we thought we would highlight other incredible women and their accomplishments:

Coco Chanel: Coco Chanel was raised by nuns in an orphanage. It was there where she learned how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand. With her classy suits and little black dresses, she created timeless designs that are still popular today.

Mary Katherine Goddard: Mary Katherine Goddard started her own printing business at the age of 24. A newspaper publisher and postmaster of Baltimore, Maryland, she is famous for courageously printing the first copy of the Declaration of Independence that included the signers’ names.

Dr. Mae Jemison: Dr. Mae C. Jemison is an engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first woman of color to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

Hedy Lamarr: Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. In addition to her film accomplishments, she patented an idea that later became the crutch of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology during World War II. In 1942, Hedy and composer George Antheil patented what they called the “Secret Communication System.” Today, the principles of her work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

Madam C.J. Walker: Madam C.J. Walker was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. She was recognized as the first female self-made millionaire in America, and built her fortune by creating a line of beauty and hair products for black women through Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the successful business she founded.

Dr. Ann Tsukamoto: Dr. Ann Tsukamoto is the co-patentee of a process to isolate the human stem cell, which is vital to cancer research. Her work has led to great advancements in comprehending the blood systems of cancer patients and may one day lead to a cure for the disease.

Brownie Wise: Brownie Wise was a saleswoman largely responsible for the success of Tupperware through her creation of the “party plan” system of marketing. Tupperware Home Parties became the gold standard for home party selling, extending her legacy in American business.

So, Bigelow Tea wants to know: Which of these female entrepreneurs and inventors do you most aspire to?


Four “Tea-Riffic” Drinks That’ll Give You Spring Fever!

bigelow tea spring mug

We are all about drinking up the spring sunshine – and we mean that literally! A great way to mark that spring has sprung (finally!) is by toasting with a tasty, fruity concoction that features Bigelow Tea! These sweet drinks are just right for girls’ night, date night, or any number of events, such as bridal showers, baby showers, and birthdays. Woohoo—there are so many reasons to celebrate in the spring! Go ahead, add some fruity fun to your gatherings with one of these delish recipes!

Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea

This yummy berry-packed drink can easily be made with a dash of your favorite alcohol, too.

bigelow tea iced tea

Ingredients

1 quart boiling water
Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzaz Herbal Tea Bags
Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea Bag

Instructions

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add 2 Pomegranate Pizzazz and 1 Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste, if so desired.

Peach Teallini

What a fabulous drink for a weekend brunch with the gals, or even a wedding party celebration! Nothing says warm weather like peaches.

bigelow tea peach recipe

Ingredients

Filtered water
Bigelow Tea Perfect Peach Herbal Tea Bags
Organic Peaches
Organic Strawberries
Bottle of Prosecco

Instructions

Bring filtered water to a boil. Pour the water over the tea bag(s) in a large mug, bowl or teapot to steep for several minutes. Remove the tea bag(s) and place the tea in the refrigerator to cool.

Finely chop the peaches and strawberries. Place 1 tbsp. of the fruit into a champagne flute. Pour 1/4 c, of the cooled peach tea over the fruit and then top off with 1/2 c. of Prosecco.

Berry Peachy Mar-TEA-ni

This mar-tea-ni is so good, it’s like springtime in a glass! It’s also so good, you would think it was made at a trendy bar in the big city!

bigelow tea martini

Ingredients

3 Bigelow® Red Raspberry Herbal Tea Bags
3 Bigelow® Perfect Peach Herbal Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vodka

Instructions

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. To chill place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. To make a martini, place 2 ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with 1 ounce of the vodka in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Ginger Tea Lemonade with Basil 

We had to add this fabulous drink from Giada de Laurentiis—author and host of The Next  Network Star and Giada’s Kitchen. It can be made with or without alcohol, and is so refreshing after a long day. The ginger gives it a great kick and you already know how we feel about English Breakfast tea!

Ingredients

2 cups water
3 black (such as English Breakfast) tea bags
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 1/2 cups Ginger Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (approximately 3 lemons)
1 cup sparkling water or club soda, chilled
2 cups ice
lemon slices for garnish

Instructions

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil over high heat. Remove pan from heat and add tea bags. Stir and allow mixture to cool to room temperature, approximately 20 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Lay basil leaves on a cutting board and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, roll over the basil to bruise the leaves. Remove plastic wrap and add basil to tea. Pour in ginger simple syrup and lemon juice. Refrigerate mixture for 1 hour. Just before serving, add the sparkling water to mixture. Place ice in a large pitcher and pour lemonade over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and serve.

Share with us: what springtime events do you have on your agenda, and which of these drinks is perfect for the occasion? Tag #TeaProudly!