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What Is Your Fave Summer Beverage…Iced Tea Right?!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for iced tea!  June is Iced Tea Month, so there’s no better time to sit back, relax and enjoy a quintessential refreshing tall glass of the iced stuff.

So, do you know just how popular iced tea actually is?  Believe it or not, around 80 percent of the tea Americans drink is iced, according to the Tea Association of the USA.

Maybe it’s because iced tea is super versatile? Want proof? Check out president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s fun ideas for pairing different teas. This video will inspire you to create your own custom iced tea creation that’s one of a kind- just like you!

Iced tea is also amazing in cocktails, just more proof of how much you can do with it.

How about treating yourself to a Long Island Iced Tea Lemonade after a long week?

BTW, iced tea has its own little list of secret tips to make it just right! You’ll want to be just as particular about prep time as if you were making a hot mug. For example, if you’re making a glass, give two teabags a couple of minutes to steep, but for a quart you’ll want to steep somewhere between 6 to 10 minutes. But always feel free to play around to find your favorite brew- that’s part of the fun!

Don’t forget there are also plenty of tasty iced tea options that are all ready for you if you prefer to stick with a tried and true, yet still amazingly delicious flavor. Either way, iced tea is a no brainer way to get refreshed this month and all summer long…well all year actually!

What’s your fave iced tea flavor or drink that features iced tea? Share with us (don’t forget to tag #TeaProudly!).

Four Tips For Making the Most Refreshing Iced Tea Ever…Thirsty Yet?

Hooray, it’s iced tea weather and Iced Tea Month! And that means it’s time for your usual steaming mug of goodness to chill— literally. Bigelow Tea has everything you need for some cool sipping all summer long. Whether you love fruity flavors like Pomegranate Pizzazz®, Red Raspberry™ or Perfect Peach®, or crave the delicious combo of tea and lemonade, get ready to be refreshed.

BTW- you may be a pro at making a hot cup of tea on a cold day, but creating iced tea perfection has its own set of in-the-know tips. Check these out:

Get experimental. 

Try pairing different teabags together to give your iced tea a tasty twist that’s all your own. Bigelow Tea has over 130 flavors to choose from, including a bunch of specialty iced teas to get you started. Remember, it’s certainly not against the rules if you choose to ice your favorite hot tea, yum!

Grab a spoon. 

In this awesome video, third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow recommended putting a spoon in your glass before pouring in the hot water. The spoon will capture incoming heat and prevent your glass from breaking- who knew!

Keep an eye on the clock.

If you’re making just a glass for yourself, give two teabags a couple of minutes to steep, but for a quart (like if you’re pouring for a party) make sure to steep between 6 to 10 minutes. Feel free to play around with time lengths to find your perfect brew.

Sweeten the deal. 

Besides sugar, think out of the box and try agave or honey. Spruce your iced tea up further with a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint.

What is your favorite Bigelow Tea to enjoy iced? We want to know! Tag #TeaProudly.

This Is Why You Should Double Your Delicious With Iced Bigelow Tea Flavor Combinations

Life needs more iced tea especially during June (Iced Tea Month!!). And what would be better than TWO of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors COMBINED in a glass over ice??? Yes, it’s totally a real thing, and Bigelow Tea has several combos that will absolutely. blow. your. mind. But before you even think about different flavor combinations, how much do you know about the history of iced tea?

Richard Blechynden has often been attributed with making the first iced tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. As sales for his hot tea dropped and summer temperatures rose, he purportedly poured tea over ice to entice fairgoers. Some dedicated research tells another story, though, with iced tea’s roots reaching as far back as 1879, when Marion Cabell Tyree created a recipe for green tea over ice, which was published in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Later, in 1884, another recipe for iced black tea surfaced from the Boston Cooking School. These days, while iced tea is still extremely popular during summer, the classic drink is enjoyed year ‘round.

Looking for the perfect combos? No worries – these are a few faves!

Before you go off to treat yourself, have you double-checked your iced tea-making skills? A glass of fresh iced tea is surprisingly pretty easy – and quick – to make. President and CEO Cindi Bigelow has the scoop in this video. All you’ve gotta do are 6 little steps.

  1. Boil. Boil some water as you would for any cup of tea.
  2. Add a spoon (you heard us). As the water prepares, have a glass ready. And be sure to place a metal spoon into the glass, which helps absorb the heat from the hot water.
  3. Go crazy. Choose your favorite Bigelow flavors, unwrap each individual pouch (made to preserve freshness!) and place 1-2 bags into the glass.
  4. Pour and steep. Pour the water over the bags – leave some room for ice – and let them steep for a bit longer than the box recommends for hot tea. Don’t squeeze the tea bags!
  5. Add ice. Be generous!
  6. ENJOY. It’s like a little vacation in the middle of your day.

See? Super quick. And delicious. Now, you go try and tag your masterpiece with #TeaProudly. Go on, give it a whirl – you’ve got this. And you’ll have the perfect treat to chill with when you’re done!

4 Tips For Throwing An Unforgettable Tea Party (With A Little Bigelow Tea Added Of Course!)

Why not throw a tea party for your next event planning adventure…think about a baby or bridal shower, birthdays, a girls’ get together or a unique graduation party (tis the season after all)!  Of course, you really need no excuse for drinking Bigelow Tea with friends and family, but hey, if you’re thinking of planning the tea party of the century, these tips will help you make the day totally rock, whether you’re new to the tea party scene or you have done this a million times (and if you have please do share tips with all of us!).  Check out these tea party tips for the #TeaProudly crowd:

  1. Will the tea party be hoity-toity or totally chill?

First things first; decide what kind of party you want to have. Is the event going to be a fancy Brit-like high tea? Or are you thinking something more casual like a brunch or snack-filled afternoon tea? You can even have a glamorous tea party like a celebrity would!

  1. Make a list of party essentials, and check it twice.

Once you’ve decided on the type of event you’re having, you’ll need tea (we’ll get to that!)  of course, but this checklist should cover all the other must-haves that you don’t want to forget:

  • Teapots for each type of tea you serve
  • Plenty of cups and saucers
  • All the tea accouterments like milk, lemon slices, honey, and sugar
  • Decorative plates, forks and teaspoons
  • Table décor, including a cool centerpiece and cool tablecloths! There are endless centerpiece ideas, as well as tea party ideas, on Pinterest.
  1. Cook up some recipes that feature tea!

A casual tea party calls for tasty and easy eats, such as big helpings of Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad, which features Bigelow Wild Blueberry With Acai herbal tea for a fruity twist!  And guests will go nuts for I Love Lemon® Quick Bread, it’s so simple yet so good!  If you’re thinking of doing something a bit more formal menu wise, hors d’oeuvres are a must. I Love Lemon® Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked Salmon is a classy choice, as are Miniature Vegetable Quiches that feature Bigelow Green Tea in them- yummy!

  1. Offer up teas for every taste!

Last but certainly not least, you’ll need the right teas for the party! Think about offering a wide range of flavors, from light and fruity to bold and spicy, to keep guests going back for more! These crowd-pleasing varieties are must-haves: English TeatimeLemon LiftGreen TeaPlantation Mint, and the one and only Constant Comment®.

Now you’re ready to party! Go forth and #TeaProudly!

6 Tips For Getting Gorgeous With Tea!

You probably already know that Bigelow Tea is amazing in a mug, but tea is also fabulous for your face, feet, and more says Reader’s Digest! In fact, black tea is an incredible beauty secret! Try these awesome suggestions and enjoy a more marvelous you while you indulge in a mug of your favorite flavor!

  1. Put the kibosh on a pesky pimple. 

Keep a spot from rearing its ugly head by covering it with a warm tea bag for several minutes. This just may shrink the zit, thanks to the tannins in black tea – they are thought to have antibacterial properties.

  1. Help feet smell sweet.

Stinky feet can get relief with a black tea footbath. Just soak your tired dogs every day for at least 15 minutes in a small tub of water that contains boiled black tea bags. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for sandal season!

  1. Calm a cut.

Next time you nick yourself, press a cool damp tea bag on the spot- black tea can act like an astringent and help stop the bleeding. Who needs Band-Aids?

  1. Say goodbye to grays.

Save time and money by heading to your kitchen instead of the salon. Make your own natural dye by following this recipe: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. Then saturate wet hair with the concoction.  Blot hair without rinsing, and enjoy gorgeous colored strands.

  1. Pull the puff out of tired eyes.

Whether your eyes are hurting from allergies or a late night, tea can help peepers pop again.

Cover closed eyes with cool, damp tea bags for a couple minutes and you’ll look like you got at least 8 hours.

  1. Soothe a rash.

Help an itchy rash, such as Poison Ivy (so much for that nice outdoorsy walk, right?), feel much better by taking a soak in a tub filled with a few tea bags in it. Might as well treat yourself to a mug of tea (um, not from the bathwater!) while you’re relaxing in the bath!

Is tea one of your beauty tricks? Tell us all of your “beau-tea” secrets and tag #TeaProudly!

Brew A Brilliant Cup Of Bigelow Tea

We love our friends across the pond. And, clearly, there’s a shared passion for tea. But have you ever wondered what exactly sets England apart from the United States of America when it comes to brewing a pot of tea? Well, a couple of things. Bigelow Tea has the scoop.

For starters, though, a bit of history.

The tea culture in America is an important thread in the fabric of the history of the United States. Tea was originally imported by early Dutch settlers in the 17th century, and became very popular. Over time, most tea was imported through Great Britain and the large population of early English immigrants passed their tea drinking customs to the colonists. However, tea and tea taxes soon became a point of contention between the American colonies and Great Britain. In 1776, angry Colonists dumped the tea cargo from British ships into the Boston Harbor (The Boston Tea Party), which became a precipitating event of the American Revolutionary War. And for a while there, tea drinking was considered unpatriotic. Fast-forward several hundred years to today, where 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice.

Talk about #TeaProudly!

Anyhow, today, both Brits and Americans often steep a tea bag (an American invention, by the way, no biggie) in a cup of hot water. And while Americans are more likely to enjoy their tea over ice (can we get a pitcher of sweet tea, please?), we can all agree that a splash of milk or sweetener is an acceptable form of deliciousness. Also, Americans are known to explore a myriad of flavors, whereas the most popular tea in Britain is a simple cup of black tea.

Whatever your tea style – whether you’re an Anglophile or an adherent to the Americanized trends of tea – you want to make sure your tea is brewed right. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Start with premium quality tea and fresh cold water. Cold water is essential to making a great cup of tea. It’s the oxygen in the water that opens up the tea leaf for full flavor extraction so always allow tap water to run for 30 seconds before filling tea kettle. If you prefer to use bottled water, shake the bottle to aerate (oxygenate) the water.
  2. Chill out (or off). When using a teapot, take the chill off the pot by rinsing it with hot water.
  3. Boil, baby, boil. For black, oolong, herb and rooibos teas, always bring water to a rolling boil then immediately pour over tea. For green and white teas, bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form then pour over tea.
  4. But, you know, whatever. All Bigelow Tea packages list recommended brew times but as a general rule, black is best enjoyed when steeped 2-4 minutes, green teas for 1-3 minutes, herb teas for 4 minutes, or whatever time you prefer!

Regardless of your preferences, we think it’s fair to say that tea is warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories. So, whether you’re taking builders tea in England or waking up to a mug of herbal bliss in the U.S. of A., raise your cup and share the experience with those close to you for a drink we all love. Tag #TeaProudly with your favorite way to enjoy a cup!

8 Ways To Get More ZZZZ’s (Hint: Have Some Tea!)

bigelow tea cozy chamomile“I’m SO tired!” Let’s get real – how many times (A week? A day? An hour?) do you find yourself sighing these words to whoever will listen? Well, Bigelow Tea hears ya loud and clear!

It’s amazing how many waking hours are spent dreaming about getting more sleep! Whether it’s work stress, crying babies, or too much distraction from Netflix, it seems there’s always something getting in the way of a good night’s rest. As we are nearing the close of National Sleep Awareness Week and coming into World Sleep Day next Friday, now is as good a time as any to start making some snooze-inducing changes to feel rested and raring to go instead of wanting to hide under the covers. These super slumber tips  will help you get in the right frame of mind for better dozing, starting tonight!

Say sayonara to screen time at bedtime.

Believe it or not, blue light from devices can mess up your melatonin levels causing insomnia. C’mon, you know you don’t need to check Facebook from bed!

Use your bedroom for your bed only. 

Make sure your bedroom is a place without distractions from work, TV and pets (Sorry Fido and Fluffy!) so that the room is limited to the activity you really need to be engaging in. (Um, that would be sleeping!)

Chill out! 

Before bedtime, try a hot bath, some gentle stretching, or a cup of a relaxing tea such as Benefits Chamomile and Lavender Herbal Tea to set you up for sliding into sleep.

Stop using Saturday for sleep.

Don’t let sleeping in take over the weekend- stick to a daily wake time and bedtime routine, and before you know it, you’ll be regularly sleeping like a champ.

Cool it with the caffeine.

Sure it helps you get hyped up when you need it, but too late in the day and you’ll be wired when all you want is to calm down!

Nix the nightcap.

Alcohol may initially make you feel relaxed, but it can actually keep your body from truly melting into a deep slumber. So say no to the Pinot once it’s close to bedtime!

Sip for sweet snoozing.

Spend the evening sipping a soothing hot mug of Sweet Dreams® Herbal Tea or Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea, both of which are great for helping mind and body unwind after a crazy day.

Get some rest by listening to Arianna Huffington

The media bigwig shares her secrets for better sleep and greater success- and who doesn’t want both of those things?

Pssst…willing to share your secrets to a good night’s sleep with us insomniacs? We would love to hear how you get your 40 winks- tag #TeaProudly!

 

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking With Bigelow Tea!

bigelow tea green tea nailsAt any given moment, you’re likely to find us with our hands around a mug of Bigelow Tea, sipping while we wake up, work, or relax (loving tea is a proud 24/7 habit over here!)

As a fellow tea junkie, we bet you probably know by now that tea can be good for you on every level. When you sip a tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, you’re enjoying a warm and tasty wellness journey as well as a way to lift your spirits. Whether shared with fellow tea-loving pals or on your own with a good book (one of our most favorite tea-related activities!), tea can have a place in everyone’s day! But did you know tea also has some truly awesome beauty benefits? Some studies say that green tea in particular is a terrific way to help your nails be healthier!  Who knew, and just how does that work?

  • The antioxidants in green tea, research say, (again, thank you Camellia Sinensis plant!) are thought to keep nails from getting brittle.
  • Green tea may not only help make nails appear to be stronger but might also help eliminate yellow discoloring (which can happen after getting one too many manicures L).
  • To help support your nails, simply soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes. Any variety of green tea should do the job. Soak regularly, and you may just see a big difference in your pretty little fingers!

So we want to know: how do you get gorgeous using tea? Tag your beauty and tea tips online with #TeaProudly  or visit us at www.teaproudly.com and share it there so we can try it too!

How To Plan Your Wedding With Help From Bigelow Tea!

bigelow tea loversFebruary is the month of romance, and Bigelow Tea is in the mood for sharing the love!  Besides celebrating Valentine’s Day, it’s also National Wedding Month, not a big surprise when you think about how many couples get engaged over the holiday season (maybe even you did!)

For all the loud and proud tea drinkers, there are so many fabulous ways to incorporate your favorite beverage of all time into one of the biggest days of your life!

  • Of course, a wedding at the historic Charleston Tea Planation is definitely one dreamy place to pledge your love to your “Bae.” The historic venue drips with good ol’ Southern charm, and is the scene for countless weddings every year for good reason. Besides being gorgeous with acres of tea plants and classical architecture, couples can pledge their love under the “wedding tree”, the plantation’s oldest live Oak; can you say romantic?
  • Tea can also be a part of the special day in so many other amazing and creative ways, both big and small. It can be as simple as sipping a mug on the day to calm pre-wedding jitters – tea is chock full of good stuff known as L-Theanine, an amino acid that research has found may help you chill out and go with the flow.
  • Or, serve up a signature tea cocktail for your wedding toast! Guests will go nuts for this super memorable, celebratory champagne punch:

Pomegranate Pizzazz Champagne Punch

bigelow tea punch

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)

Instructions

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.

  • Guess what else? Tea is a top trick for bridal beauty. With all eyes on the rock on that all-important finger, hands will be in full focus, so what better way to get gorgeous nails than with green tea? Soaking fingers in this drink for about 10 to 15 can strengthen brittle and weak nails and also get rid of discoloration from overdosing on dark nail polish.
  • And should a giant zit threaten to make an unwelcome guest appearance on the big day, keep tea close by- its astringent qualities can help shrink a breakout by just putting a warm tea bag on the bump for a few minutes.

So whether you’ve been there done that or are still headed towards holy matrimony, share the love with us by posting all your most fave wedding planning tips and tagging #TeaProudly!

Bigelow Tea Helps To Soothe Those Sniffles!

bigelow tea cold and flu

Ahhh-chooo! Yep, that is the sound of a darn cold (or worse) that always seems to happen right about now! Shout out to Bigelow for providing some tea relief! When feeling crappy, there seems to be nothing that can help as much as sipping (or chugging if things are really bad) a steaming mug of some of the best flavors of tea on the face of the earth. Hot tea just has a way of helping you out when you are down, right? We’re tea fans 100%, but we especially love how a hot mug rocks during cold and flu season…here are a few more tea tips to think about before, during and after this nasty cold season:

  • A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away? Maybe just maybe! Black tea might help your body defend bacteria and viruses, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University. Drink up and drink often for the most benefits (you didn’t have to tell us that advice twice!)

So what’s your go-to tea when a cold or the flu has got you down for the count? Tag with #TeaProudly so we can all try your best tips!