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Green Tea To The Rescue!

bigelow-tea-green-teaNearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes which is a fact we should all be concerned about as many Americans don’t even know they have the disease. Diabetes results from the human body not producing enough insulin to break down glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar that gets turned into fuel for the body. Without enough insulin, glucose levels build up which is why diabetes can be so harmful.

The good news is diabetics can manage their health in many ways: monitoring glucose levels, remaining physically active, eating well and staying hydrated to name a few. For tea drinkers, studies share good news: it has been reported that “Green tea is good for people with diabetes because it helps the metabolic system function better.” A 2013 research review published in Diabetes and Metabolism Journal highlighted a Japanese study that found people who drank six or more cups of green tea a day were 33 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who drank less than a cup of green tea a week.

Bigelow Tea has many delicious varieties—and tons of Green Tea options like Green Tea with LemonGreen Tea Chai and Earl Grey Green to name just a few. All Bigelow Teas are sugar-free and can be served without sweeteners, so together, let’s not only learn more about diabetes but help each other mange this difficult disease!

Savor The Snap in Bigelow Tea Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea

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Here we go….winter is coming and we are ready for cozy evenings! Just picture it: a roaring fire, warm socks, maybe PJs or your favorite sweats, and a mug of Bigelow Tea Ginger Snappish® Lemon Herbal Tea. This “snappy” melt-in-your-mouth tea will remind you of gingersnap cookies baking in the oven. Savory, sweet and just a smidge spicy, Ginger Snappish herbal tea is made with quality ingredients like lemon peel, lemongrass, ginger, cinnamon and natural gingersnap. And it’s perfect to drink right before bed since it’s caffeine-free!

And what is ginger anyway? Well, it’s a spice that can be found in many places—gingerbread cookies, pumpkin pies and served fresh with sushi (yum!). This amazing spice starts as a gnarled, knotted, bumpy root of the ginger plant which is the source of this wonderful spice. In Sanskrit, the root was known as srigavera, which translates to ‘root shaped like a horn’ – a fitting name for its appearance.

Ginger dates back over 3,000 years to Asia, and was used for medicinal treatments in India and China. From there it spread to Europe via trade, and during the Middle Ages, it was favored as a spice for its ability to disguise the taste of preserved meats. Henry VIII is said to have used a ginger concoction in hopes of building a resistance to the plague. Even today, ginger is used as a remedy for nausea and other stomach ailments.

Ginger coupled with real lemon peel gives Ginger Snappish a whole lot of zing. The lemon peel used is 100% grown in the USA from the same California supplier we have used for over 30 years (yeah, we are #TeaProudly about that fact!).

So if you’re in the mood for a real treat made with fresh ingredients, brew up a mug…we bet you’ll love it in a snap!

Bigelow Tea and Thanksgiving Dinner: Yes, Please!

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We’re always thankful for Bigelow Tea in our mugs all year round. Tea truly transcends the seasons—a steaming cup soothes in cold weather, and a crisp, cool glass is the ultimate way to chill out on hot days. And when the holiday season kicks off, we love our brew even more, if that’s even possible! That’s because there are so many incredibly delicious things to cook that feature some of our favorite tea flavors. If you need ideas to make your Thanksgiving feast stand out this year, we’ve got you covered. Simply turn to tea! From a hot happy hour cocktail to a tantalizing turkey steeped in tea, you can plan every course around seasonal and traditional tea flavors.

We are here to be your one-stop shop for all Thanksgiving recipes with our complete tea-riffic Thanksgiving menu.  It doesn’t get easier (and tastier) than cooking with us! Family+ Friends + Bigelow Tea = a perfect #TeaProudly Thanksgiving! And from our hearts to your mugs, we thank you for being part of our tea squad!

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum

Warm right up on a cool fall day (and kick off Thanksgiving fun) with this festive refreshment!

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Ingredients

  • 6 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice 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
  • Extra pumpkin pie spice, optional

*Variations: Try using  Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea   or Bigelow Apple Cider Herb 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 and a dusting of spice, if desired.

Miniature Vegetable Quiches

So delicious, you and your guests won’t be able to stop popping them!

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Ingredients

Tea Concentrate:

Vegetable Tea Mixture:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
  • ½ cup asparagus tips/ cut into small pieces, ½ – 1 inch
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • ¼ cup tea concentrate
  • Egg Mixture:
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 4-ounces (½ of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces
  • Dill, optional garnish

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About ½ cup tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray (spray well or alternatively use paper liners); set aside. In 10-inch non-stick skillet place olive oil. Heat for 1 minute. Add peppers, asparagus, peas, and shallots. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened. Add ¼ cup tea concentrate to vegetable mixture. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the tea is evaporated. Remove from heat; set aside. In large bowl stir together eggs, half and half, salt and pepper. Mix well. In bottom of each prepared mini muffin tin, place about 1 tablespoon vegetable mixture. Top with piece of cream cheese. Fill to top with egg mixture. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until very lightly browned near edges. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Garnish with dill if desired.

Lemon Ginger Sweet Potatoes

We are crazy for the spicy-sweet combo of lemon ginger with the classic Thanksgiving dish of sweet potatoes.

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Ingredients

Instructions

Cover potatoes with oil and roast till fork tender.  Combine sugar, water and tea and bring to a boil.

Add butter and pecans and bring to a boil.  When potatoes are done, peel and slice into 1/2 inch slices.

Shingle into pan and cover with tea mixture.  Bake at 350 till golden brown and bubbly.

Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment® Glaze

Ta-da! The main attraction. Your guests will be bowled over!

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Ingredients

Glaze:

Turkey and Gravy:

  • 1 10-15 pound (5-7.5g) turkey (thawed if previously frozen)
  • 1 lemon, cut into four pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
  • 1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

*Variations: Try using Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea   

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350º. Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea. Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside. To prepare turkey, remove giblets and neck from turkey, rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss the turkey. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake turkey in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes. Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Discard any unused glaze. To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with turkey. As a nice alternative, use a 9-11 pound oven stuffer roaster chicken in place of the turkey. For best results, tie the chicken with string at the legs and the wings. For the glaze reduce the number of tea bags from 12 to 8.

Cranberry Apple and Orange Spice Pumpkin Pie

You’re never too full for pie – especially this one!

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Ingredients

Instructions

Heat milk and add tea bags and let steep 15 to 20 minutes.  Meanwhile whisk egg, sugar and salt together.

Add pumpkin puree and blend till smooth.  Slowly stir in tea steeped milk and blend till smooth.

Pour into prepared pie shell and bake till center does not move when lightly shaken.

Pies may take 30 to 40 minutes, shallower squares may take 20 to 30 minutes.

Creamy Custard Rice Pudding made with Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea

If gobbling up this entire desert is wrong, we don’t want to be right!

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Ingredients

  • 11 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags
  • ¾ cup raw long grain rice
  • 5 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1-½ tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Handful of raisins

Instructions

Pour 1-½ cups boiling water over 3 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags. Steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags without squeezing. In a saucepan, return tea to boiling. Add rice and stir. Cook over high heat until tea returns to a low boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook rice according to package directions, approximately 20 minutes. In a large saucepan, scald 6 cups milk to which 8 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags have been added. Remove tea bags without squeezing. In a large bowl, beat eggs with fork. Add rice, sugar, salt, raising and vanilla. Gradually add milk and mix well. Pour mixture into 2-½ quart baking dish. Place into larger pan filled with 1 inch boiling water. Bake in 350 degree over for 60 minutes. Remove from oven. Remove skin from top layer of custard and discard. Stir gently to evenly distribute rice. Refrigerate. Serve chilled. Garnish with whipped cream.

#TeaProudly With Bigelow Tea

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We totally get why tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and we especially love that 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice. And tea is now considered trendy where 42 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea where 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Just think, millions of us around the U.S., all ages, men and women, share the love of tea in common. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!

And you know how much we love tea at Bigelow. As a proud third generation family run business, our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created our flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945 and from that moment on, one tea bag at a time, we have reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredientsand foil pouches for each tea bag so you can sip and savor the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea.

But let’s get real, drinking tea is so much more, right? It’s warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories. This, we believe, is something to talk about…something to share. As an industry leader, we are taking the very tea movement we inspired in America to the next level. We are building a Tea Proudly community.  #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression, both yours and ours together. We, and tea lovers across the country,  want to hear from you about why you #TeaProudly, why you make tea your beverage of choice, when you drink it, who you share your tea moments with, and what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea.

Join us at www.teaproudly.com and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly and let’s share a cup or two together!

Pump Up Your Day With A Mug Of Bigelow Tea For #NationalPomegranateMonth

bigelow-tea-green-tea-mugLove a good twist on a classic? Why not try a tangy spin on a traditional Bigelow Tea favorite: Green Tea with Pomegranate (which also comes in an organic version, steep by Bigelow).  This beautiful cup of tea offers a touch of sweetness and a hint of tartness, and packs a punch with the power of pomegranate which is the perfect way, we think, to celebrate #NationalPomegranateMonth! And hey, why stop there if you are loving this amazing fruit?  Try Pomegranate Black Tea and Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea too!

So, what is a pomegranate, anyway? A pomegranate is a round fruit with a thick, reddish skin that—when cut open—reveals ruby-red seeds called arils. High in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and a great source of fiber, pomegranates are often used in cooking, juice blends, cocktails and, of course, tea!

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Pomegranates also have an awesome history as symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility for thousands of years so why not combine the legends with a wealth of flavor and health benefits like tea lover @767Beauty who proudly shared that Bigelow’s Green Tea with Pomegranate tea is, “Such yummy goodness from Bigelow!”

Mmmmmmm, Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate, please! #TeaProudly

Lower image from Samantha Forsberg via Flickr

Grab a Mug of Good-For-You Ingredients Found In NEW Line of Teas: Bigelow BENEFITS

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✔All natural green and herbal teas with the goodness of wellness ingredients you know and trust

✔ Exceptional flavor

✔ Non-GMO

✔ Gluten free

✔ Blended & produced in the USA

Yes, all the above is true which is great news for tea lovers everywhere who want to make tea a part of a healthy lifestyle. Bigelow Tea is so proud (we call that #TeaProudly) to announce a new line of wellness teas called Bigelow BENEFITS that are meant to be enjoyed every day. Infused with enthusiasm for putting good things into our bodies that support clean eating habits, this new line of teas masterfully blends all natural green and herbal teas with the goodness of wellness ingredients. With a focus on always delivering a beautiful cup of tea, these inspired combinations of herbs and spice ingredients (all with names you know and trust!), are so imaginative and flavorful, you’ll want to enjoy them morning, noon and night — and all the moments in between. Yum!bigelow-tea-balance

Balance your being with a warming cup of Benefits Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea, or keep well with a cup Lemon & Enchinacea.  We’ve got seven delicious flavors to enjoy throughout every day.

Radiant Beauty (Blueberry & Aloe Herbal Tea) – smooth and delicious fruity flavor with blueberry sweetness and subtle aloe notes

Stay Well (Lemon & Echinacea) – authentic Echinacea and crisp lemon flavor with a smooth, relaxing herbal finish

Balance (Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea) – sweet and spicy cinnamon top notes with a smooth balanced sweet and tart finish

Calm Stomach (Ginger & Peach) – a blend of spicy ginger, soothing peppermint finished and sweet peach

Sleep (Chamomile & Lavender Herbal Tea) – a calming, full-bodied floral lavender flavor with a sweet chamomile finish

Good Mood (Chocolate & Almond Herbal Tea) – complex blend of smooth almond, sweet chocolate flavors and blackberry

Refresh (Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea) – balanced green tea and matcha pair with earthy turmeric and a mild peppery kick

So let us know which tea you are going to try first or better yet which is your favorite from our new tea line, BENEFITS.  But don’t worry, we won’t make you choose if you love them all as much as we do.  Grab a mug and share with friends and family and let us know how you Tea Proudly at #TeaProudly!

#TeaProudly With Bigelow Seasonal Teas This November

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As we head into November’s thankful season, we’re beyond grateful for time with our family and friends! And all tea drinkers know the only way to make company and conversation even more enjoyable is over a cup of tea, Bigelow Tea actually!

This month, cozy up to one (or all three) of Bigelow’s seasonal flavors.

If your favorite part of the season is pumpkin spice (and whose isn’t?), look no further than a cup of Pumpkin Spice tea to revel in a flavorful calorie-free treat that makes teatime a cause for celebration. The hearty blend of black tea, delicate harvest spices and pumpkin flavors is filled with the rich, inviting flavors of freshly baked pumpkin pie!

And the goodness of seasonal flavors doesn’t stop there.  Enjoy Apple Cider herbal tea where the taste of crisp and tangy apples mingles with sweet spices in an all natural, caffeine-freebrew. The medley of favorite seasonal flavors is a warming treat for cool autumn days! Or, endulge in a yummy cup of Salted Caramel. A little sweet, a little salty… A cup of this blend of black tea, luscious caramel and natural salt flavors, is a surefire way to warm up inside and out. Keep calm and caramel on, friends.

We couldn’t be prouder of these autumn-inspired teas, rich in tantalizing spices and comforting flavors. We hope you’ll take some time this fall to enrich visits with family and friends over a hot mug of Bigelow tea. #TeaProudly and enjoy!

Bigelow Likes A Green Monster’s Taste in Tea!

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It’s Halloween and you know what that means — trick or treat yourself to a warm cup of tea! Speaking of ghouls and monsters and all things spooky, actor Boris Karloff, who famously played Frankenstein’s monster as pictured, was known to be a tea enthusiast. Whether it was between takes on a movie set or sitting quietly at home, a cup of tea was never far out of his reach. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a cup between all the takes and lines?! Perhaps Green Tea (or in this case maybe our Green Tea with Lemon) helped him get into his green-tinged character?bigelow-tea-green-tea-with-lemon

Which Bigelow Tea flavor do you sip during a long day? (And, yes, a Greenie Mar-TEA-ni can count today… after all, it’s, technically, a holiday!)

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Bigelow Caramel-Infused Teas And Ooey-Gooey-Caramel-y Recipes!

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Who can’t resist decadent flavors?? And with the weather getting cooler outside in much of the U.S., this is the perfect time to enjoy all things sweet, buttery-rich and just a bit toasty….make way for Bigelow Tea caramel flavors—Vanilla CaramelCaramel Chai and Salted Caramel.

Besides delicious, what exactly is caramel? And why on earth do we love it so much!? From sauces to wrapped treats, caramel is a versatile piece of sweetness. While its exact history is unknown, it is documented that around 1650, American settlers were making hard candies in kettles. Between this time and the early 1880s, candy makers began to add fat and milk while boiling sugar and water, creating what is now known as ooey-gooey caramel. Caramel candy’s popularity increased greatly when Milton S. Hershey opened Lancaster Caramel Company in 1886. Soon after, caramel candies were being shipped across the United States and to Europe.

Jump ahead to today and check out the real pieces of caramel in each of the Bigelow Tea caramel flavors. Salted Caramel is an all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and delicious caramel with just a hint of salt; Caramel Chai Black Tea is made with spices, real bits of caramel and molasses crystals; and Vanilla Caramel is smooth and sweet, thanks to the rich caramel and creamy vanilla ingredients. Pick a flavor, add a splash of cream and a hint of sweetener and you’ll have the perfect bit of awesomeness in your mug of tea!

If that’s not enough to lock down your caramel craving, check out one of these crazy amazing Bigelow Tea recipes showcasing caramel. Hey, why not pair a caramel tea with a slice of Vanilla Caramel Bread Pudding and make all your dreams come true!

Vanilla Caramel Bread Pudding

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Ingredients

14 or Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel or Bigelow® Eggnogg’n Tea Bags
2 ¼ cups (560mL) whole milk
½ cup (125mL) unsalted butter
1 cup (250mL) sugar
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon (5mL) cinnamon
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
½ cup (125mL) raisins
16 slices of challah bread

Vanilla Caramel Sauce:

¼ cup (60mL) unsalted butter
½ pound (224g) powder sugar
Reserved tea infused milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Heat milk over medium heat, add Bigelow® Tea Bags (either Vanilla Caramel or Eggnogg’n) and raisins; remove from heat and let steep fo 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out all excess milk/tea. Strain tea infused milk; reserve raisins. Measure out 2 cups (500mL) and set aside the remaining tea infused milk for sauce. In food processor, combine butter and sugar until well blended; add eggs, 2 cups (500mL) tea infused milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Continue processing until well blended. Lightly butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Break up the bread into 1″ cubes and layer in pan. Scatter the raisins over the top. Pour tea/milk mixture over the bread; soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Gently press down on the bread to make sure it is covered by the mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes to brown top. The pudding is ready when the custard is set, but still soft. Make the Vanilla Caramel Sauce while bread pudding is baking, by melting butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Add powdered sugar to the melted butter and whisk to blend. Add reserved Vanilla Caramel or Eggnogg’n infused milk to taste. Pour sauce over the baked bread pudding and allow to soak in 2-3 minutes. Serve warm.

Bigelow Tea Lemon Ginger Bars for Dessert!

bigelow-tea-lemon-gingerOur Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea plus Probiotics is a favorite at Bigelow Tea. Tart and full of that gingery “zing,” it stands out not only for its taste but also because it’s good for your digestion due to the probiotic BC 30 we have used in this amazing blend. Facebook fan Sheryl Ann Lipp says her favorite way to enjoy it is with a teaspoon of warmed honey. Mmmm, sounds great!

At Bigelow, in addition to sipping tea, we love sharing creative, delicious ways to enjoy our 130 varieties. We especially love it when our fans like Engineer Mommy can take a blend that supports healthy digestion and fold it into a sweet dessert treat!

We bet these simple, sweet and tangy Bigelow Lemon Ginger Bars might become a new favorite! Check out the recipe and enjoy!

Lemon Ginger Bars made with Bigelow Tea

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 cups Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter

For the filling

  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp. Steeped Tea: Bigelow Tea Lemon Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. Ginger Powder
  • Zest And Juice Of 2 Lemons
  • Powdered Sugar, For Toppingbigelow-lemon-ginger-tea

Instructions

For the crust
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a pan with butter.
Combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter and stir until it resembles small crumbs.
Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool.

For the filling

Combine the sugar, ginger powder and flour in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and use a whisk to combine.
Add the lemon zest & lemon juice and combine.
Steep 1 Bigelow Tea Lemon Ginger teabag in a 1/2 cup boiling water. Let cool. Add 3 tbsp of the steeped tea to the lemon filling mixture.
Pour over crust. Bake 20 minutes.
Let cool and top with some powdered sugar. Cut into squares.