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Now, This Is How You Do Summer!

How excited are you that the first day of summer has finally arrived? Hey, even if you still have to go to work and all that, there’s something totally cool about June 21st. Everyone knows it’s the longest day of the year which gives the #TeaProudly community a totally awesome excuse to celebrate summer fun in ways that you never even imagined…yes Bigelow Tea is part of the scene!

For this year’s summer solstice, think out of the (tea!) box and make some really cool recipes that are great for any type of summer picnic or party, or just for chillin out!

For example, these Endless “Pop”sibilities popsicles are totally unique! They are the most amazing treat for getting refreshed and revived on a hot summer day- can’t you just see yourself lounging in a hammock in the backyard catching all the drips before they hit your shorts?

Endless “Pop”sibilities (Popsicles)

Ingredients

3 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
Bigelow I Love Lemon Tea Bags
2 cups boiling water
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar

Instructions

Steep all 6 tea bags in water for 3 minutes. Remove bags. Stir in agave nectar syrup; let cool. Pour into 6 molds; freeze 6 hours or overnight. Run molds under hot water for a few seconds to loosen; unmold and enjoy.

Also mega delicious- Green Tea and Coconut Popsicles. So unbelievably simple to make, yet so tasty and such a good way to cool off. (Maybe a fun summer project to do with the kids?)

Green Tea and Coconut Popsicles

Ingredients

1 cup brewed green tea
1 cup coconut water
1 tbsp honey (raw and local is best)

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Pour popsicle mix into a clean, empty ice tray.  Place a layer of plastic wrap on top, and pull tight.  Insert a toothpick into the center of each tray, and place in the freezer until frozen solid.
When ready to enjoy, just remove the plastic wrap, and you have 12 individual popsicles!

Finally, this crazy good dessert is basically a great impression in a pan. Make Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler your go-to after dinner treat to bring to barbecues all summer long. It’s like eating up the taste of summer in every bite. Are you salivating yet? Yum!!

Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler

Ingredients

1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Dash of cinnamon
1 cup of flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup Bigelow “I Love Lemon” herbal tea (1/2 cup of boiling water and 1 tea bag)
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

Use a 6 1/2 inch skillet.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Place a tea bag in a cup with 1/2 cup of boiling hot water and steep for 5-6 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.
In a small bowl, mix berries, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg and sugar vigorously for about a minute. Whisk in salt, sour cream and vanilla, until all well combined. Whisk in cooled tea.
Whisk in flour until all incorporated. Preheat seasoned skillet over medium heat and melt butter in it. Swish butter all over the skillet. Take off heat. Pour in most of the batter in the skillet and add berries over the top. Drizzle in remaining dough over the top. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 33-37 minutes.

So, which sweet treat are you going to try first this summer? Tell us what’s sounding totally delish to you and tag #TeaProudly

Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Ice Cream Month With Tasty Recipes

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Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s as American as apple pie and with July being National Ice Cream Month, what better way to celebrate than to make your own ice cream at home or add a special sauce to jazz it up. Bigelow Tea, a third generation family owned American business, has created several recipes to add delightfully unexpected flavor to one of this country’s favorite desserts.

If you have an ice cream machine, Bigelow Tea has the perfect recipe for homemade peach ice cream, which gets a peach flavor boost from steeping Bigelow Green Tea with Peach bags in the heavy cream.

And the perfect topping for any flavor of ice cream? Chocolate sauce, of course. Why not try Bigelow Tea’s recipe for a delicious chocolate sauce with just a hint of cinnamon, which comes from steeping Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal Tea bags in evaporated milk before adding semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips. You can also use Bigelow Tea’s Earl GreyEarl Grey Green TeaMint MedleyGinger Snappish or Cinnamon Stick Tea to add subtle, yet tantalizing flavor to classic chocolate sauce.

Make up an iced pitcher of your favorite Bigelow Tea to serve with ice cream and chocolate sauce, and you have the perfect ending to any summer meal. Enjoy!

Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream

(pictured above)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (250mL) half-and-half
  • ¾ cup (180mL) sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) vanilla extract
  • 20Bigelow® Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) diced fresh or canned peaches, drained

Instructions

Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Bigelow Tea’s Sweetheart Cinnamon Milk Chocolate Sauce

bigelow tea chocolate cinnamon recipe

 Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 10 bags Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal 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 Sweetheart Cinnamon chocolate sauce. Refrigerate remaining chocolate sauce. Re-heat refrigerated Sweetheart Cinnamon sauce over low heat until softened to desired consistency.

Keep Cool This Summer With Bigelow Tea

bigelow tea strawberryToday is the first day of summer so it’s a great time to celebrate with warm-weather treats. While barbecue, ice cream, and cool drinks are synonymous with the season, the calories can add up if you’re not careful. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to celebrate summer eating without overdoing it, as Huffington Post reports in their “Summer Eating Survival Guide.” Try these three tips and may the summer games begin:

Choose Iced Tea Over High-Calorie Cold Drinks

From iced coffee drinks to shakes, sipping to stay cool can derail a diet. Huffington Post suggests quenching your thirst with no-calorie iced tea. Since June is National Iced Tea Month, it’s the perfect chance to try some

of Bigelow Tea’s tasty flavors on ice. Some delicious possibilities could include Green Tea With Mango, which is extra refreshing when cold or Perfect Peach for a no-calorie iced treat.

Eat Well At Backyard Barbecues

Good news! Grilling is one of the healthiest ways to cook, according to Huffington Post—as long as you choose lean cuts of meat. Quick suggestion: at your next BBQ and for a truly memorable flavor that won’t add fat and calorie, cook with Bigelow Tea. After all, who could beat an Earl Grey barbecue sauce?!

Try a Smoothie Instead of Ice Cream

While a creamy desert now and then is part of summer, you can treat yourself without overindulging with a low-calorie Herbal Tea Smoothie or an energizing Green Tea Fruit Medley Smoothie (recipes below!).

Have a few summer time tips of your own including awesome iced tea combinations?  We want to hear about it so please leave a comment below!  Have a great summer!

Herbal Tea Smoothie

bigelow tea herbal tea smoothie

Ingredients

¾ cup hot water
6 Bigelow® Herbal Tea Bags: (Perfect Peach®Red RaspberryChamomile Mango®Pomegranate Pizzazz®, or Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal)
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, mangos, raspberries, blueberries, or a combination)

Instructions

In a measuring cup, combine hot water and 6 tea bags of your flavor choice listed above. Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Allow tea to cool, then place in the refrigerator until well chilled. In a blender, combine the yogurt, frozen fruit, and ½ cup chilled tea. Puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve with a straw.

Green Tea Fruit Medley Smoothie

bigelow tea green tea smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup water
Bigelow® Green Tea Bags*
1 cup fresh berries, choose from raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries
¼ cup pineapple juice
½ cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup ice cubes

*Variations – Try Bigelow Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & Acai or any other Bigelow Green Tea

Instructions

Prepare tea by steeping 3 Bigelow® Green tea bags in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze out bags and discard. Combine tea and remaining ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy this anti-oxidant drink instead of coffee.

Summertime at Bigelow

Sorry it has been a while since my last entry, the summer has really gone by way too fast.  You would think by that statement that I was enjoying my summer, but to be honest I could barely say it is summer.

But that is all going to change.

I promised myself starting this week, I am going to make the most of this summer!  I am going to walk in the morning before I come to work and I am going to try and leave by 6 pm each night and do something “summery.”  What does that mean?  Play tennis, play a few (emphasis on a few) holes of golf or even better have dinner on the beach.

I still have some weeks to go and I plan on packing in the good times.  Okay enough whining.

On a business note, our company has had the best July and August (well at least the first couple of weeks so far of August-month isn’t over yet) in our history. To all you tea drinkers buying our tea in the summer THANK YOU!   I hope you are making fresh brewed iced tea and even coming up with a few of your favorites to make your own recipe.

Okay, just a short entry today.  Time to get ready to have a backyard bbq.

Cindi Bigelow

Looking Like the Last Rose of Summer…not a Chance with these Summer Tea Dresses

Have you ever heard someone sigh “I just don’t want to look like the “last rose of summer” in this dress!” They are probably not referring directly to the poem of the same name by Irish poet Thomas Moore or a YouTube video singing the widely-known melody, The Last Rose of Summer, which set the poem to music…but rather are inferring looking “out of season” from a fashion standpoint during the transition from summer to fall.

Hear’s the good news: this season, according to the September issue of Lucky Magazine, you can “transition a frothy patterned dress into next season with a long cardigan, a thin belt, and playful lace up open toe shoes.” Similarly, bright floral dresses are featured topped with jackets and super shiny high heels to provide a “chic wintery edge.”

Therefore, there is no need to purge that summer tea dress, which was the trend this summer. After all, you’ve enjoyed wearing it all summer long while sipping your favorite tea. Perhaps you even own a signature tea dress designed by Kate Moss? As we’ve reported before, Ms. Moss is a huge tea fan.

All you need to do is reach deeper into your closet for a few extra items…and step out this month for a cup of hot tea, confident you do not look like “the last rose of summer.”

Honor Your Grandparents: Sunday is National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation, signed by President Jimmy Carter, declaring it a national holiday. September was chosen for the holiday in order to signify the “autumn years” of life. And it is all those years that one woman, Marion McQuade, a housewife from West Virginia, set out to recognize. This special day is set aside to appreciate the lifetime of experience, strength and guidance older people have to offer.

How do you plan to make this day special for your grandparents and elderly relatives and friends? Maybe they start and end each day with a cup of tea? Or maybe they’d delight in something totally different like a Green Tea Spa Bag? Whatever the case…here are some great gift ideas.

Bigelow Golden Assortment

Bigelow Golden Assortment

Green Tea Spa Bag

Green Tea Spa Bag

If you’d like to see more, go here. For more information on National Grandparents Day, go here. Happy Grandparents Day to all!

Where did the summer go?

It happens every year — we think to ourselves: Is it Labor Day already? Although traditionally thought of as the symbolic end of summer, Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September since the 1880s as a federally recognized “day off” honoring American workers.

What are your plans this Labor Day? Perhaps attending a traditional end of the summer barbecue? Taking one last dip in the ocean before heading home? Traveling to New York City where the first Labor Day Parade was held? Maybe you’ll catch some of the 43rd annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon hosted by Jerry Lewis? We recently spoke about this event, and Muscular Dystrophy in relation to green tea, in our blog, Raise a Cup or Seven to Green Tea Health and Hope.

Whatever your plans, before you begin putting most of your white clothes away, be sure to relax with a tall, cool glass of your favorite iced tea! For great iced tea recipe ideas, go here.