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4 Ways to Sip Summer—Right Now!

Is it summer yet?? Inquiring minds want to know, because with spring in full swing, beach weather just can’t come fast enough! Lounging with an icy cold drink is top of mind big time, as are all the bountiful fruity flavors that taste so fresh on a hot day. So, who made the rule you have to wait until the official days of summer to lounge by the pool with a thirst-quenching glass of something delicious? Get ready to enjoy a cool one now (we won’t tell if you just drink it inside while sitting on the sofa!) with these amazing recipes from Bigelow Tea. After all, it’s certainly summer weather…someplace in the world!)

(Still not convinced? As WillMay1976 says on Twitter, it’s 5pm somewhere! So don’t wait any longer to treat yourself!)

Strawberry Green Tea

If you need any more excuses to start summer early, May is Strawberry Month. Think of it this way: you’re just celebrating one of your favorite early summer fruits!

 

Ingredients

1 Pint Strawberries, washed and hulled
1 Cup Sugar (to taste)
5 Cups Water
Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags

Instructions

Place hulled strawberries in blender and puree until smooth.  Pour in medium saucepan and add sugar.  Bring to boil.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool.  Bring 5 cups cold water to a boil. Pour over 5 tea bags and let brew for 5 minutes.

Mix strawberry mixture and green tea together and chill.

Serve chilled over ice.

Simply Summer White Sangria

The classic summer cocktail gets a mmm-mmm good makeover with the addition of a fruity tea! (it’s also amazing with any number of delicious flavors, such as Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea or Red Raspberry™ Herbal Tea.)

 

Ingredients

3 cups (750mL) boiling water
18 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal Tea Bags*
4 tablespoons (90mL) sugar
3 cups (750mL) fresh fruit including mixed citrus, strawberries, peaches, melons, mangos, and pineapples cut into bite sized pieces
1-750mL bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, chilled

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Chill the tea concentrate in refrigerator for at least 30-45 minutes. When ready to serve, combine chilled tea, fruit and wine in a pitcher. To serve, pour Sangria into tall glasses filled with ice. Spoon fruit into glasses to garnish.

Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade (Red)

Refresh your spirit and get in the mood for summer with this incredibly yummy concoction that gets even better with age (don’t we all?) as it absorbs the flavors.

Ingredients

4 cups boiling water
2 bags Bigelow Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups fresh fruit including oranges, lemons, peaches and apples (Red, Fuji or both) cut into bite sized pieces
½ cup Brandy
½ -1 liter of any flavor sparkling seltzer water
1-750mL bottle of Merlot

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 4-cup glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add brandy and fruit to tea concentrate. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to one day for a stronger flavor). When ready to serve, combine chilled mixture with wine and sparkling seltzer water. Pour into ice filled pitcher. Serve and enjoy!

Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea

So fruity and refreshing, yet so simple to make. If only everything in life could be this easy!

 

Ingredients

1 quart boiling water
Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz 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.

So, how are you looking forward to celebrating summer? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly!

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.

Ring In 2017 With One Of These Snazzy Drinks Made With Bigelow Tea!

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You can’t ring in 2017 without a drink in your hand, right?! On a night as special as New Year’s Eve, you’ll definitely need a fun and festive beverage to match. And if you’re hosting guests, you’ll absolutely want to dazzle them… Prefer something bubbly? We’ve got you covered. Going for a cocktail with extra oomph? No problem. Want to keep things family-friendly and nonalcoholic? Easy. Here are six delicious drinks to consider — and, of course, they all share a not-so-secret ingredient: Bigelow Tea!

Hot Eggnogg’n Buttered Rum

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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.

Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea

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Ingredients

¾ cups (180mL) boiling water
Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
1½ tablespoons (22.5mL) unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons (30mL) sugar
2 cups (500mL) whole milk
3 cinnamon sticks
Whipping cream, optional

Instructions

Pour boiling water over Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze out excess tea from tea bags. Place tea in saucepan, stir in cocoa, sugar and cook until dissolved or just until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in milk and continue to heat until mixture is thoroughly heated. Pour into cups and garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipping cream, if desired.

Orange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine

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Ingredients

4 cups red table wine
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.

Sparkling “Constant Comment” Tea Holiday Punch

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Ingredients

4 cups water
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

Raspberry Holiday Punch

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Ingredients

2 cups Cranberry Juice or Cran-Raspberry Juice
Juice of ½ lime
2 cups ginger ale or lemon lime soda
Sherbert (Raspberry or Lime)
1 quart (4 cups)
Bigelow Red Raspberry Herbal Tea chilled

Instructions

Mix together all ingredients (except soda and sherbert) in punch bowl. Just before serving, add soda slowly to punch bowl and stir gently. Add ice and garnish with fresh lime slices and sherbert. **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.

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

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Ingredients

1 ¼ cups boiling water
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.

Bigelow Tea Is Bringing In The Fall Harvest Flavors

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From September to November, the autumn harvest brings a bounty of delicious produce, from pumpkins and pomegranates to apples and cranberries. And if you’re looking for the flavors of fall, look no further than Bigelow Tea. Here are a few of our favorite fall foods, along with the Bigelow Tea varieties that capture their flavors.


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Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with real pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like autumn. For the past few years, pumpkins have been the unofficial food mascot of fall.

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Rich in history and flavor, pomegranates have been symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility going back thousands of years. Today, it can bring a wealth of deliciousness to your cup of tea. Bigelow Tea offers a variety of teas made with pomegranate, including Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with Pomegranate and Pomegranate Black Tea.bigelow-tea-apple-cider

Apples

When we think of fall, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and Apple Cider Herbal Tea! With crisp apple, hibiscus, and real cinnamon, this Bigelow Tea flavor is a just-sweet-enough variety to sip throughout the season.bigelow-tea-cranberry-hibiscus

Cranberries

Tart and tangy, cranberries pop up throughout the season—most notably on the Thanksgiving table. The refreshing taste of this little berry can be found in Bigelow Tea Cranberry Hibiscus and Cranberry Apple, both of which contain real cranberry fiber. Loaded with flavor and antioxidants, it’s a cup your taste buds and your body will be thankful for.

Embrace the season by picking up your own bushel of Bigelow Tea boxes. Enjoy a cup after school or work, to start off you weekend, or to close out a day of fall fun like fruit-picking or leaf-peeping. The cozy cornucopia of flavors makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of autumn.

 

Apple image by adrianbartel via Flickr
Pumpkin image by Mike Mozart via Flickr
Pomegranate image by veggiefrog via Flickr
Cranberries image by Andrew Yee via Flickr
Pears image by torbakhopper via Flickr