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Embrace The Taste Of Summer With Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry

bigelow tea red raspberry iced teaA bowl of fresh, sun-kissed raspberries has always been synonymous with summer, and Bigelow Tea has captured that flavor with Red Raspberry herbal tea. Deliciously tangy with a hint of sweet, Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry tea is made with quality ingredients including hibiscus, rose hips, apples, elderberries and, of course, raspberries! Bigelow Tea enthusiast Nancy from Des Plaines said, “I love this tea! Because I love raspberries, I decided to try it and found that the flavor of this tea is definitely raspberry.”

For centuries, raspberries have grown wild and free around the world. The raspberry plant was believed to be a native to Turkey, and was even thought to have been gathered by the people inhabiting Troy in the first century B.C. Vividly colorful and refreshingly juicy, raspberries also offer plenty of health benefits—a cup of the fruit contains high levels of assorted vitamins and minerals. And studies suggest that the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in the fruit can fight against cancer, heart disease and age-related decline.

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This season, we’re definitely celebrating all things raspberry. Get adventurous in the kitchen with a few of our favorite recipes using Red Raspberry tea! A bowl of Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Splash is sure to wow guests at your next barbecue or treat the kids with Double Raspberry Tea-sicles. If you own an ice cream maker, you’ll definitely want to try our recipe for Raspberry Sorbet. Or, simply enjoy a tall glass of Red Raspberry over ice (try it with a handful of fresh raspberries!), or a warm mug of it for a relaxing evening in.

Find the joy of summer in Red Raspberry tea—and with the flavor, continue to feel that sunshiny vibe all year ‘round!

Sweet Dreaming With Bigelow Tea

Bigelow Tea sweet dreams and cozy chamomile

Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post spoke about the power of sleep in one of her TEDWomen talks, and told her audience that “the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.” At Bigelow Tea, we agree, but unfortunately 45 percent of Americans suffer from poor or inadequate sleep which is “linked to poor health, mood disorders and low productivity” according to National Sleep Foundation data.

We have our own recommendations for getting a good night’s sleep, but check out these great bedtime routine tips from Lifehack (we are especially fond of #3), and let’s see if we can all sleep easier tonight:

  1. Prepare for bed and go to sleep at the same time daily.
  2. Take a warm bath as part of your routine.
  3. Drink a soothing beverage like herbal tea. (May we suggest pairing Bigelow Cozy Chamomile Tea— where chamomile has long been thought to have calming and anti-insomniac benefits—with Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea, a blend of chamomile and mint?)
  4. Relax your body and mind by reading, doing yoga or journaling.

Make the most of your bedtime with a restful sleep, and before you know it, you’ll see improvements during your day. Good night and sweet dreams!

Bigelow Tea Goes Wild For National Blueberry Month

 

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Nothing compares to fresh, sun-ripened blueberries—in your baked goods, beverages, salads or simply popped into your mouth by the handful! That’s why Bigelow Tea is so eager to celebrate National Blueberry Month this July. To help you enjoy the month, too, we have a few recipes and teas that are bursting with the flavor of these delicious berries.

Get excited about blueberries with two different Bigelow Tea flavors: Green Tea with Blueberry and Wild Blueberry & Acai Herbal Tea. We took a walk on the wild side when we blended the popular combination of blueberry and acai with our gentle green tea. Or, try a cup (hot or iced, of course!) of Bigelow Tea Blueberry & Acai Herbal Tea. These sweet and tart flavors are sure to please tea drinkers—and blueberry lovers—everywhere.

Offering an explosion of flavor in every bite, blueberries are yummy in a myriad of dishes! Celebrate all month with these recipes for Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit SaladBlueberry Acai VinaigretteRaspberry Royale Tea Jelly with Blueberries, and Red, White and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Tea Raspberry Dressing. Or, relax poolside with a Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea or Wild Blueberry Delight. Delish!

Whether you’re brewing or cooking, sipping or savoring, Bigelow Tea wants you to make the most of National Blueberry Month. Share your top blueberry moments with us in the comments section below and take a moment to enjoy the sweet, plump fruit. It’s never been so fun to be blue!

Bigelow Wants To Know Your Favorite “Naught-TEA” Cocktail!

Bigelow Tea has the perfect ingredients to make your gatherings with friends and family more festive. We’ve been blending fine quality teas for over 70 years and have created exciting cocktail recipes, which we like to call “Naught-TEAS”, using our teas to add a twist to classic drinks. These recipes are simple, as demonstrated in a short video featuring third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow as she shows us how to mix a delicious “Constant Comment®” Cosmo.

Whether you follow this recipe or try one of our other creative cocktails, such as our Blueberry and Pomegranate Sparkler, our I Love Lemon Gimlet, our Mellow Limoncello Sparkler or another variation on the Cosmo, our Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, serving cocktails made with our teas will add pizzazz to your next party or get-together. These recipes may even turn you into a cocktail connoisseur and inspire you to create your own exciting naught-TEA cocktails which we hope you will share with us! In the meantime, take our “Naught-TEA” cocktail survey and let us know which your favorite is (and if you haven’t tried any, let us know which recipe sounds the most delicious to you).

Happy tea cocktailing!

Let’s Open Some Bigelow Tea Fan Mail!


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For 70 years, Bigelow Tea has heard feedback from tea drinkers around the world. And throughout that time, hearing from you—our fantastic fans—has been a highlight of our day. We’ve heard about family traditions and the part that Bigelow Tea plays, and have read about your favorite flavors (and not-so-favorite flavors, sometimes!) and recipes. As the times and technology have shifted from letters and envelopes to emails and website reviews, what hasn’t changed is the love for Bigelow tea.

Judy in Seattle said that “Constant Comment®” is the “only tea for me!” She began drinking the flavor when she was 4 years old and her mom would take her to visit a family friend. Judy shared that she would drink it every day after school, and to this day, she’s continued the tradition after work and many times a day on the weekends. She said, “Tea time has been a ritual in my life that has given me great comfort and I have passed it on with my own family. I have tried hundreds of teas in many countries always looking for another tea that I liked as much as ‘Constant Comment’ and I have never found one that compares. Thank you so much for the amazing blend of tea, citrus and spices. It is absolutely perfect!”

bigelow tea mint medleyOn the other coast in Tallahassee, Georgianna loves Mint Medley. She said that she drinks it every day at work. “It makes me feel warm and cozy at my desk!”

 

 

bigelow tea green tea with lemonAnd Jen in Kansas City wrote that her go-to flavor is Green Tea with Lemon. She even credits the tea with helping her break her diet soda habit. “This tea is so light and refreshing with a perfect pop of lemon flavor. It is wonderful hot, but I especially love it over ice for an invigorating afternoon pick-me-up.”

 

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Fran from Fairview Park loves Perfect Peach in the evenings, and thinks it tastes like a warm peach pie in a cup. “The back note of spice is perfect, and with a little milk and a little sugar, it’s like a relaxing 14-calorie piece of pie. Delicious!”

 

 

Mornings, afternoons and evenings—whatever the time—Bigelow Tea is a great choice. Do you have a favorite story or memory with Bigelow Tea? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

Say Yes To Bigelow Iced Tea Cocktails (Recipes Included!)

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This summer, cocktails with tea are news and The Washington Post is reporting on it where the author waxes poetic about tea and checking out various iced tea cocktail recipes. “Through cocktails, I’ve come to be an appreciator of tea. It falls right under bitters on my list of ways to add flavor without adding much alcohol or sugar.”

After over 70 years of making tea, Bigelow® Tea, a third generation family run business, knows a thing or two about tea cocktails. Cindi Bigelow, president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, likes to refer to our proprietary drink recipes as “naught-Teas.”

As the temperature heats up, what’s more refreshing than a tall glass of iced tea than one with spirits stirred in?  So why not “tea-up” and mix up a pitcher of refreshing tea cocktails. To inspire you, here are two of Cindi’s favorite “naught-Teas” recipes, Bigelow ® Long Island Iced Tea Lemonade and Bigelow® Citrus Tea Cooler.  You can find recipes for many more refreshingly spirited tea cocktails on our website. And if these inspire you to create your own Bigelow® tea cocktail recipes, we invite you to share your recipes with us!

Bigelow® Long Island Iced Tea Lemonade

Ingredients

*Variation: Try using Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate

Instructions

Place tea bag in 2-cup glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep 8 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bag; cool, set aside tea concentrate. In large pitcher stir together all of tea concentrate, gin, rum, vodka, and triple sec; stir. Fill a large glass with ice and add about 6-ounces of tea lemonade mixture. Add a splash (½ ounce) each of cola and sparkling water to each glass. Garnish with an umbrella and lemon slices or a piece of fruit. Enjoy.

Bigelow® Citrus Tea Cooler

Ingredients

  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 10 Bigelow Lemon Lift® Tea Bags
  • 2 bunches fresh mint (about 1.5 oz)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4-6 lemons)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice (from about 3-4 large oranges)
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Instructions

This refreshing punch is perfect for summer. The combination of Bigelow’s® Lemon Lift Tea, fresh citrus juice, and mint is a delicious variation on southern “Sweet Tea”. Place the fresh mint in a large glass pitcher or bowl, and add boiling water. Add the tea bags and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Remove tea bags and all the mint leaves. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Pour in the lemon and orange juices and allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Add vodka.  Refrigerate until cold. Stir before serving. Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnished with lemon.

Bigelow Green Tea With Wild Blueberry And Acai, A Triple Play Of Flavors!

bigelow tea blueberry green tea

 

Bigelow Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai is a triple play of ingredients rich in flavors and deliciousness plus multiple studies tell us it offers many health benefits, a perfect combination! 

Bigelow Tea starts with tea leaves grown high in the mountains, hand-picked and gently steamed to preserve its natural goodness (unlike black tea leaves which come from the same plant, but are crushed and allowed to oxidize fully).

With the expertise that comes from three generations of making America’s most popular tea flavors, the Bigelow Family blends the green tea leaves with wild blueberries and acai berries. The result is just the right balance of sweetness and tartness: the perfect cup of tea.

So next time you make yourself a cup of green tea, go a little wild and try Bigelow Green Tea with Wild Blueberries and Acai. And this summer, why not try a great idea from Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Eunice Fishmeyer, who says it will be “delicious and refreshing when iced.” We agree!

So Happy To Hear We Aren’t The Only Ones Loving Bigelow Iced Tea!

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During the summer months, drinks get cooler and the days get longer and now that we are in June, that means one thing—it’s time for iced tea! Easily made and enjoyed by the pitcher or by the glass, iced tea is a low-calorie way to stay hydrated. And this June, what better way to celebrate National Iced Tea Month than with a glass of Bigelow Tea over ice? To help you decide on which flavor to savor, we’ve collected a few of our favorite reviews and comments from fans like you. Check them out:

  • “You know when people say, ‘This is the best such-and-such I’ve ever tasted.’? Usually an exaggeration. I’m saying it; and I really mean it. I adore this stuff. I tried one pack of it on a whim. It. was. amazing. The next time I went back to the store, I purchased 7 more boxes. That’s 42 quarts of tea, folks. We burn through it so fast.” – Heather from Bellevue, who is a fan of Bigelow Half Tea & Half Lemonade with Pomegranate.
  • “Deliciously awesome!” – John from Whitestone, who loves the Iced Tea and Lemonade flavor.
  • “This is my most favorite tea! The aroma is absolutely amazing and it actually does taste like a peach pie in a cup! Great way to help unwind! :)” – Emily from Emporia, referring to Bigelow Perfect Peach® Herbal Iced Tea.
  • “Other than coffee and water, Bigelow Red Raspberry Iced Tea is the only liquid I consume on a daily basis. I don’t like any other tea nearly as much. It is so good it doesn’t even need sweetener of any kind!” – Carol, Pilot
  • “I have been buying Red Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea by the case several times throughout the summer for close to ten years now. I love it with three or four lemon slices and sweetener. Tastes like raspberry lemonade to me, soooooo refreshing on a hot summer day.” – Lee, Salt Lake City
  • “One of the best teas I have ever had.” – Charles from Fremont, who enjoys Green Tea with Pomegranate Iced Tea.

In the event your favorite flavor is not one in the Bigelow Iced Tea line, you can always add ice to your go-to brew!

  • “We are huge fans of I Love Lemon. It is the perfect balance of lemon, lemongrass and rosehips and is never too tart. The hint of peppermint is a welcome bonus too. We enjoy it year round, hot or iced… Thank you Bigelow for making such a great tea blend and hope you’ll always keep it in your lineup!” – Terry, Charlotte
  • Catherine J. Curtis suggests a glass of “Chai with some vanilla soy milk, sugar and ice!”
  • Sandy from White Springs likes to make a gallon of iced tea by combining two bags of Orange and Spice Herbal Tea with two bags of Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea + Probiotics. “I love its blend of spices!”

We also love to see the feedback on our social media channels. Linda Cunningham shared the tip of combining Bigelow Green and Black tea over ice on our Facebook page, and Cecil Young, Jr. commented that his favorite Bigelow teas to enjoy iced are Green Tea with Lemon or Earl Grey@LukeIsASequin tweeted that his favorite flavor over ice is Constant Comment and @LeahTweetr is a fan of Mint Medley.

Of course, you could always follow B from Newtown’s lead: “During family meals we only serve water, seltzer, milk, orange juice, and Bigelow iced tea!!!” Now that’s a tradition worth getting behind with your family or friends this summer. Ahhh… we can already hear the ice clinking. Enjoy!

Celebrate Spring With Seasonal Recipes From Bigelow Tea

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Now that flowers are blooming and days are getting warmer, it’s the ideal time to enjoy the flavors of spring with delicious recipes from Bigelow Tea.

Add a little bit of spring sunshine to your meals by featuring aromatic flowers and fruity choices from Bigelow Tea as an epicurean theme. With over 120 flavors of specialty tea with the finest ingredients to choose from, there are countless ways to make dinner delicious. Lemon is one option that is great for springtime, and Bigelow Tea uses zesty yet sweet lemon that is grown with only the highest of standards.  Impress guests with this uplifting flavor by making Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze as a deliciously light main course.

Spring flowers are a feast for the eyes, and Jasmine Green Tea captures the joy of fresh blooms in every sip. Enjoy this fragrant experience at dinnertime with  Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits.

No festive meal is complete without a luscious dessert. A thick slice of I Love Lemon® Quick Bread is a refreshing way to end the meal, along with a cup of your favorite flavor of Bigelow Tea to sip!

Did you enjoy these recipes? Let us know what you think!

Baked Catfish Fillets with Lemon Lift® Tea Shallot Glaze

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Ingredients

  • Bigelow Lemon Lift® Tea Bags
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • Butter
  • 4 catfish or other flat whitefish fillets, blotted dry
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup flavored bread crumbs

Instructions

Pour ½ cup boiling water over Lemon Lift® tea bags and steep for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags; squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. In a small bowl combine tea with mayonnaise and minced shallots. Mix until blended. Heat oven to 375º. Lightly butter a shallow heat-proof pan. Lay the fillets in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Spread the tea/mayonnaise mixture over the fillets. Cover with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes until fish is opaque and the top golden brown. Serve immediately.

Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups brown rice
  • 4 qt water
  • Bigelow Green Jasmine Tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Rinse rice in several changes of cold water until water runs clear. Drain well in a sieve. Bring water and tea bags to a boil, set aside. Meanwhile melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice, green onions, salt, pepper and fruits. Stir until onions start to soften and rice starts to get white around the edges 8-10 minutes. Remove tea bags from water, squeezing well, discard. Carefully pour Bigelow tea water over rice-it will bubble and steam up- stir and reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, raise lid and cover rice with a cotton (non terrycloth) dishtowel, replace cover. Let stand, covered and undisturbed, 10 minutes. Open lid and remove dishtowel, fluff gently with a fork. Note: Basmati rice can be used instead of brown rice, for extra jasmine flavor.

I Love Lemon® Quick Bread

bigelow tea i love lemon bread recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk
  • Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1-½ cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
  • ½ tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

Instructions

Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease 4″ x 9″ loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Alternate adding tea-infused milk and flour mixture; stir after each addition. Add lemon rind and stir until well blended. Pour batter into saucepan. Sprinkle poppy seeds evenly on top. Bake 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

Bigelow Tea Shares How To Make the Best Iced Tea Ever!

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Bigelow Tea is excited for iced tea weather and for all of you iced tea fans out there, we have a few pointers on making the perfect batch (or individual glass) of this flavorful, fresh, delicious beverage! Take a look:

  • Do some experimenting. Pair different teabags together to give your iced tea a taste twist. Bigelow has 130 flavors to choose from plus specialty iced teas to get you started.
  • Grab a spoon. In a recent video, third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow recommended putting a spoon in your glass before pouring in hot water. It will capture incoming heat and prevent your glass from breaking.
  • Watch your prep time. For a glass, give two teabags a couple of minutes to steep, but for a quart focus on steeping somewhere between 6- 10 minutes or experiment to find your perfect brew.
  • Be sweet to your palate. Besides sugar, consider agave or honey. Spruce your iced tea up further with a slice of lemon or sprig of mint.

For those on the go, Bigelow has ready-to-drink iced teas available in stores. Or perhaps ice your favorite hot tea like Cheryl Jones who loves our Green Tea with Pomegranate cold on ice (thanks for your post on our Facebook page). What is your favorite Bigelow tea over ice?  We want to know!