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Win Bigelow Tea Plantation Mint Tea For Two!

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Don’t miss your LAST CHANCE to enter the Bigelow Tea “Made in the USA” sweepstakes to win a Plantation Mint Tea for Two gift set! Enter via the Bigelow Tea Facebook page by midnight EST, and you could be one of the 12 lucky winners to enjoy this homegrown tea treat!

Your prize comes with two Personali-TEA mugs, a jar of Savannah Bee Company honey and 44 individually wrapped tea bags of Plantation Mint. This popular Bigelow Tea variety is a black tea blended with mint harvested from fields in Oregon to bring you a very special minty-fresh brew. It’s especially refreshing when poured over ice during the hot summer days!

To enter the sweepstakes, simply “Like” the Facebook page before clicking on the Sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. And don’t forget to check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re one of the lucky winners! Good luck, everyone!

 

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Popcorn and Tea: It’s Bigelow Tea Movie Night!

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At Bigelow Tea, there’s nothing like a good tea cameo to perk up some favorite films.

Sure, there are productions notorious for their tea scenes like Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins. There’s the expectation that the great English classic novel adaptations like Jane Austin’s Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice will feature tea in some way shape or form. And, there are a handful of films where tea plays a starring role, such as Tea With Mussolini (1999) and Tea and Sympathy (1956).

But, then there are the more dramatic, breakout roles, where tea debuts as a great equalizer for conflict or a metaphor for calm, composure and level headedness.

Remember the tea scene in The Great Gatsby (2013) when Gatsby and Daisy are reunited for the first time after years apart? The tension was so palpable it was hard to breath. But both characters soon relaxed over tea.

Or how about the diner scene in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) where Pat orders raisin bran and Tiffany orders tea? The point being: tea is familiar, comforting, reassuring—something both characters desperately seek in each other.

There are countless films, from documentaries to the classics, where tea appears. So, even if you prefer to read, like @DearAldii_ who tweeted that she enjoys “Cozy chamomile tea and a few pages of my new book before bed,” chances are you have a favorite tea movie too! Share your favorite tea film moments with us! #Bigelowfamily

Image via Myhungergames.com

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Joe Torre, MLB And Bigelow Tea Star, Is Going To Cooperstown!

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Things are buzzing at Bigelow Tea—our good friend and baseball legend Joe Torre is going to Cooperstown! Bigelow Tea takes sports seriously, and this highest honor in baseball is well deserved with Joe’s stellar career! Bigelow Tea is proud that Joe was also the first sports star spokesperson for this family owned and operated tea company. Remember there is no TEAM without TEA!

As a player, Joe’s career batting average was .297 with 2,342 hits and 252 home runs; and in an even greater career as a legendary manger he won six American League Pennants and four World Series, ranking fifth in all-time wins with 2,326!

Joe has made a great impression on tea drinkers for years. He shared his love for Bigelow Tea in this vintage video from 2007, talking with Bigelow Tea President and CEO Cindi Bigelow (and another great Bigelow Tea lover Phil Simms). Joe shares that when diagnosed with cancer, he took action and decided that Bigelow Tea would be part of his overall plan for taking care of himself. That’s why Joe was often seen drinking Bigelow Green Tea during his amazing career with the New York Yankees!

Today Joe is the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for MLB and keeps busy with the Joe Torre Safe At Home FoundationSunday, July 27 at 1:30 p.m., after many other awards, Joe will receive baseball’s highest honor. The Bigelow Tea family is proud to say that Joe has been an All-Star on Bigelow Tea’s team for years!
 

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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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