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Third Generation Family Owned Bigelow Tea Celebrates Parents Day

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Being a parent is possibly the most difficult and most rewarding job of all. Beyond feeding and clothing your children, there are boundaries to set, life lessons to teach and (of course!) lots of fun to be had! Parents Day is this Sunday, July 27th, so brew up a big pot of Bigelow Tea, pour it over ice and find a way to make the day matter!

Parents Day was established “to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation’s children.” Instead of being another day to honor parents, it is a day “when parents honor their children and … rededicate themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love.”

The Bigelow Family has a keen appreciation for parents. As a 3rd generation family run business, current President and CEO Cindi Bigelow knows that her parents, David & Eunice, and David’s parents (David Sr. and founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow) built the foundations of what has become America’s leading specialty tea company.

So, this Sunday, gather the kids (and grandkids!), sip some iced tea, tell family stories, laugh a little and hug a lot. That’s the best part about being a parent.

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Video Vignettes Celebrating Family And Bigelow Tea!

From moments of messy mayhem to sweet timeouts with tea—as seen in the video above!—family time is precious. And as a family-owned business, Bigelow Tea appreciates just how much the highs and lows enrich each unique family story, including yours! So thanks to those who’ve shared scenes from their family life, with tea as a supporting player. Here are a few more videos to make you smile:

Crayons, a chatty baby and Cozy Chamomile for Mom:


Tea parties? Not just for the adults! Check out these little cuties all dressed up and ready to pour:

Do you have your own family tea tale to show or tell? Post it on Twitter or Instagram and tag it #BigelowFamily for all to enjoy!
 

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Bigelow Tea Lovers #GetSocial

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Last Thursday was Get to Know Your Customers Day, and Bigelow Tea is taking a moment to give a shout-out to all of you who share your passion for Bigelow Tea via social media! Thank you for talking tea online and even offering the occasional peek inside your tea cabinet by sharing photos, as a few Bigelow Tea Facebook followers did in this recent post. Several tea fans chimed in to answer the question: Is there a Bigelow Tea you enjoy morning, noon and night? Here’s a sampling of this lively tea chat:

Constant Comment” –Karen H.

Peppermint is always my favorite!!!! – Carl B.

“It depends on what kind of mood I’m in (said in a Timothy Hutton George Stark voice) lol.” – Heather Z.

Earl Grey in the afternoon and cinnamon stick in the evening” –Jody Q.

Plantation Mint, me favorite!” – Maria T.

The fantastic response shows that kindred tea spirits always love to share what they’re sipping! And it’s true that your input really does help Bigelow Tea get to know you and serve you better. Plus, the smiley icons and humor brighten everyone’s day … so keep sharing!

Image via Instagram by @berrybecky_

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Take Bigelow Tea on a Picnic in the Park

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This summer, make plans to go picnicking in a park—and bring along some Bigelow Tea! July marks both National Parks and Recreation Month and National Picnic Month, two great reasons for packing up a delicious spread and a big thermos of iced tea for a sunny day or a warm night outside.

While whipping up salads, sandwiches or finger foods, brew one of Bigelow’s iced teas to go with these munchies. Both Perfect Peach and Red Raspberry herbal iced teas provide a taste of summer with their in-season fruit flavors.

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If guests prefer lemonade, Bigelow’s Half and Iced Tea and Lemonade provides a friendly compromise (even consider Half and Iced Tea and Lemonade with Pomegranate). Pinterest friend Penny Zeiter Shamy loves this half and half combination; it’s her “summertime choice.”

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This summer, spend time at the park and sip on #Bigelow iced tea!

Top image thanks to @dailydishrecipes

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Happy Hour! Making Tea-Infused Cocktails with Bigelow Tea

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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere and Bigelow Tea has delicious recipes that will help you put the happy in Happy Hour. You love tea and you love your cocktails, so try combining the best of both worlds the next time you’re in the mood for an evening sipper, like tea-loving photographer @jillianguyette on Instagram. Jillian might be on to something with her black tea cocktail because People magazine’s StyleWatch recently noted that tea-infused cocktails are trending in cities like New York and San Francisco.

Luckily, you don’t need to look further than Bigelow Tea for tasty cocktail recipes! If you want to see how easy it is, just watch how Cindi Bigelow makes a Constant Comment cocktail.

Mellow Lemoncello Sparkler

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Ingredients

Instructions

Boil 2 cups (500mL) water. Place Bigelow’s I Love Lemon® Herbal (or Lemon Lift®) tea bags into teapot. Pour water over tea and let steep for 2-5 minutes. Chill. When ready to serve, pour ⅓ cup (80mL) chilled lemon tea into a champagne or wine glass. Add 2 tablespoons (30mL) Limoncello Liqueur and fill up with chilled sparkling wine or water. Garnish with a thin slice of lemon.

Berry Peachy Mar-TEA-ni

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Ingredients

Instructions

Place tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1 ¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. To chill place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. To make a martini, place 2 ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with 1 ounce of the vodka in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

 

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Forget Orange. In July, BLUE Is The New Black At Bigelow Tea

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In the world of Bigelow Tea, blue is definitely the “it” color of July. Not just because of Independence Day, where blue joins red and white on the American flag, but also because it’s National Blueberry Month!

Blueberries are not only deliciously versatile, they’re so ridiculously healthy it’s like a whopping, blue-tea-fulbonus—on pancakes, in yogurt, or by the handful! And for purists, the luscious flavor of blueberries can be enjoyed year-round in Bigelow Tea’s delightful Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & Acai or Wild Blueberry with Acai brewed hot or poured over ice. @Fitness_Ron calls Bigelow’s Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & Acai “amazing stuff!” Thanks, Ron!

If you can’t get enough of blueberries, here are two recipes for a blueberry tea-infused cocktail and a blueberry vinaigrette. Yum!

Wild Blueberry Delight

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Ingredients

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Instructions

Place tea bags into measuring cup and add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Refrigerate until cold. For one drink: Pour 2 ounces of the cooled tea, 1 ounce vodka, ¼ cup Blue Curacao and ½ ounce Grand Marnier into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into serving glass.
For a hint of citrus in this delightful drink try this flavor combination: 3 Bigelow Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Tea Bags and 3 Bigelow Wild Blueberry Acai Herb Plus Tea Bags

Looking for a twist on traditional salad dressing? Here’s a tried and true-blue version of a classic:

Wild Blueberry Acai Vinagrette

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup white wine vinegar (125mL)
  • Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Tea*
  • 1 tablespoon honey (15mL)
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard (30mL)
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (250mL)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (5mL)
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • *Optional – tarragon, fresh, chopped or dried

*Variations – Try using our Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea or Green Tea with Wild Blueberry & Acai

Instructions

Pour the vinegar into a small microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for 1 minute, or cook in a saucepan on medium heat, until bubbles are visible. Remove, add the teabags, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags to a small strainer and, using the back of a spoon, press as much liquid as possible back into the bowl. Stir in the honey and mustard, then pour the mixture into an electric blender or a food processor. Add garlic and salt. Slowly drizzle the oil while the machine is running until it is smooth and creamy. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away.

May we suggest Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai to pair with this recipe?

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Shenae Grimes Says Her Drink Of Choice Is Tea!

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Actress Shenae Grimes traveled from the Canadian TV show Degrassi, all the way to Beverly Hills 90210 and now to the filming of a Lifetime movie!  Grimes is quickly building a name for herself on the small screen.

Perhaps it was the change in locale that prompted a bit of a lifestyle makeover in Grimes.  Like actress Emily Blunt, many celebrities seem to be making more healthful choices when it comes to what they put in their bodies.

“I’m a tea drinker now! I’m totally off coffee and diet (soda),” said Grimes.  Along with other positive decisions, like her interest in yoga, Grimes is making many fantastic choices.

Plus, she’s in some pretty impressive company! Actor Tom Hanks also made the switch from coffee to tea and has been feeling the positive effects ever since!

Image via Imbd.com

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Listen To Cindi Bigelow Explain Bigelow Tea Sustainabili-TEA!

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Cindi Bigelow was on the radio again—this time talking about sustainabili-TEA, always a hot topic at Bigelow Tea! Take a few minutes to listen to her radio interview on the It’s Your Health Network. In honor of Earth Month, here are some highlights from the conversation with host Lisa Davis:

  • Cindi, who is third-generation president and CEO of the family-owned business, noted that caring for the environment, employees and the community are deeply ingrained company values. All three Bigelow Tea facilities have GWC (Greening, Wellness, Community) committees that consider “how do we become healthier as a family, as a community?”
  • 880 Solar Panels were installed on the roof of the Fairfield headquarters in 2007 and currently provide up to 15 percent of energy used there.
  • The company now composts two tons of material from the three facilities!

Cindi said, “We [act sustainably] because it’s the right thing to do.” Be sure to listen to the full interview to learn more, and while you’re at, share your family’s favorite #sustainabilitea tips on Twitter or Instagram!

(Image via Fairfield Citizen News featuring Jim Glidea next to Bigelow Tea solar panels)

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Great Grilling With Bigelow Tea

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If you’re often found grillin’ like a villain in sub-zero weather or with an umbrella in hand during those springtime showers, National Grilling Month has to be among your favorite times of year! Yes, July is THE best time to get some fresh produce and protein on the grill and turn it into a delicious meal. Bigelow Tea makes a wonderful grilling ingredient and marinade component, adding flavor to everything from tofu to veggies. Here are two recipes to get you started. Your neighbors will be peeking over the fence to see what’s on the grill!

Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu

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Ingredients

8 – 6 inch wooden skewers
1 – 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea Bags
2 cups hot water
½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for sprinkling
1 tablespoon honey
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch rounds
8 Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned (about 8 oz.)
2 tablespoons canola oil (for brushing)
Non-stick grill spray

Instructions

Tofu is a great vegetarian, low-calorie alternative for your grill, and marinating it in tea gives it great flavor and color. A touch of honey adds sweetness and helps to create a beautiful grill marks as it caramelizes. First, set wooden skewers in water and allow to soak for approximately 30 minutes. Next, sandwich the block of tofu between two plates lined with a few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top plate (like a can) so tofu can drain for 10-15 minutes. In large bowl, combine hot water and tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze out tea bags into bowl, remove, and add salt and honey to tea. Stir until honey is dissolved. Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, and add to bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes. Thread 2-3 cubes of tofu and 2-3 pieces of vegetables onto each soaked skewer, being careful not to pack the skewers too tightly. Brush each skewer with canola oil and season with a pinch of salt. Spray a gas grill with non-stick grill spray and preheat to medium-high. Place skewers on grill, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and tofu begins to form a nicely colored crust. Note: be very gentle when turning skewers (use a grill spatula), as the tofu is delicate. Remove from grill and serve hot.

Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms

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Ingredients

6 large Portobello mushrooms
Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
1 cup (250mL) boiling water
3 tablespoons (45mL) fresh coriander, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup (250mL) extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Clean mushrooms with a soft brush and remove stems. Set aside. Place 8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags into a measuring cup and pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Mix together tea, coriander, pepper and salt and gradually whisk in olive oil. Place mushrooms in a zip lock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms. In refrigerator, let marinade for up to 24 hours. When ready to grill, place mushrooms on preheated grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until tender, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Slice mushrooms and place on salad greens, or serve as an appetizer. They also go very well with steak.
 

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World Cup Is Bigelow’s Cup Of Tea!

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How is World Cup Soccer like Bigelow Tea?  That’s easy: soccer is the world’s most popular sport, and tea is the world’s most popular beverage (after water, of course)! But while the World Cup only comes around every four years, you get to enjoy your favorite cup of Bigelow Tea anytime! 

World Cup is truly a global event as you might know at this point with a full month of matches taking place in Brazil for 2014. Teams from all over the world have been competing for the glory of the “beautiful game!” And, wow, has the USA had World Cup fever—there have been game day parties all over the country for weeks. While reports from Brazil are dominated by the exciting World Cup competition, Bigelow Tea’s cup overflows knowing that tea consumption in Brazil is growing and will continue over the next several years!

The soccer fans at Bigelow Tea will be sipping their favorite beverage along with Bigelow Tea fan @Ikaanta who tweeted that he’ll be staying in watching world cup and drinking tea! #WorldCup2014

Image via Instagram from @jessifica

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