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Bigelow Tea Loves Tempting Teapots

As the hippest tea lovers know, tea drinking is a delicious ritual whether you’re grabbing a to-go mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea on the run (don’t be late for that awesome internship!) or sipping from a steaming mug with study buddies. Either way, the mug you love can be a bold statement to invite conversation. If you’re looking for another way to put your tea on display, serve your favorite variety in a dazzling teapot.

If you’re into unique and creative teapot designs, look no further than the National Teapot Show, running through early September in North Carolina. Artists from all over the United States and Canada showcase their creative works of ar-tea-stry. Here are a few that will be on display:

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Teapot by Barbara McKenzie

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Teapot by Steve Hansen

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Teapot by Beth J. Tarkington

Another great place to check out #teapot fashions is Instagram, to see what artists are designing.

Check out these beauties from @newdaypottery:

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Image via instagram, @newdaypottery

Kermit the Frog also makes a cute musical teapot!

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Photo via instagram, @pawsandreflect

So tell us, which teapot tempts you?

 

US Open Tennis & Bigelow Tea: What a Match!

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Love. Set. Serve. Important tennis terms, yes? But also words that apply to the joy of drinking Bigelow Tea! As the US Open tennis begins in Flushing Meadows, New York, here’s a little discussion of what tea and tennis have in common.

Love. The term for “zero,” in tennis originated with the idea that tennis is played for the love of the game. And how does this apply to your cup of Bigelow Tea? Well, everyone loves it, of course! Raise your hand if you agree with the phrase (and the name of a tasty Bigelow herbal tea) “I Love Lemon!”

btwed3_Bigelow Tea Shares Gluten-Free Recipes For Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Set. Tennis matches are made up of sets. Winning in straight sets is a seriously great thing. And how does the word “set” apply to tea? That’s easy: Bigelow Tea offers an amazing range of gift sets to give the tea lovers in your life.

Serve. Possibly the tennis player’s most powerful tool is his or her serve. It’s how each point begins, and a serve that the opposing player cannot return is called an “ace.” In the tea world, serving tea is the final step in getting that mug to your eager lips. Serve your Bigelow Tea over ice in the summer for a truly refreshing experience.

Tea and tennis fans like @TeaForDummies appreciate a little tea with their tennis. So, as you enjoy watching the players at the US Open this year, brew up some Bigelow Tea and remember that tennis and tea make a perfect match!

Image by Carine06 via Flickr.com

It’s National Lemonade Day: Tart it up with Bigelow Tea

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Tangy. Tart. Sour. All words used to describe the beaming lemon. And no better time than National Lemonade Day for Bigelow Tea to celebrate this wonder fruit. In fact, Bigelow Tea makes a Half-and-Half Iced Tea and Lemonade blend of rich black tea and lightly sweetened lemonade that’s brew-ready and super-refreshing!  The perfect cup to drink today … and everyday! Twitter pal @mariatack knows it’s “perfect for a hot day.”

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So, while we’re on the subject, some lemon tidbits to brighten your day…

Lemons possess detoxifying and antibacterial propertiesskin brightening benefits, work to repel insects, and are a great source of potassium, which helps with clear thinking, normalizing blood pressure and regulating water balance.  Cleansing, astringent and aromatic, dipped in salt or baking powder, lemon juice can even polish copper pots and fine silver.  Wow, what can’t the lemon do?

So, where are lemons grown? On US soil, mainly in California and Arizona, although the lemon tree flourishes in temperate climes and is iconic to the mountainous landscape of Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, the birthplace of limoncello.

And here’s a fascinating ditty: when given a choice of eating an orange, grapefruit, peach, apple or lemon, cows will choose lemons first! The assumption being: The juice works wonders as a digestive aid.

So don’t be a sourpuss! Turn lemons into Bigelow Tea lemonade today. And drink up!

Bigelow Tea And The Little League World Series!

bigelow tea iced tea LLWSAh, summer…it’s a special time for Bigelow Tea for so many reasons! The weather is bright and sunny, there’s always a BBQ going on, there’s plenty of iced tea AND plenty of time to play ball! Bigelow Tea loves the boys of summer, and baseball in August also means the Little League World Series, happening August 8th–24th in Williamsport, PA. This famous international baseball tournament for young players between the ages of 11 and 13 is also broadcast nationally on ESPN.

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To legions of baseball fans “the world comes to Williamsport, Pennsylvania” in August. The Series has been going on since 1947–hey, that’s just a couple of years after Bigelow Tea company founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow developed the family-run company’s first “Constant Comment”® blend!

It’s a given that there will be some great action on the diamond this month with the USA teams from eight regions across the U.S. joining teams from all over the world. There’s a good chance that Bigelow Tea Family friend and historic spokesman Joe Torre will be watching these future baseball stars take the field!

Bigelow Tea fan Sydney Burris tweeted recently: a day without Bigelow Tea Chai is an incomplete day – it’s just like a summer without Little League Baseball! PLAY BALL!

Image by USAC  via Flickr.com

 

Summer Vacations And Bigelow Tea

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For many tea lovers, summer is all about traveling and seeing the world—with tea in hand! Facebook fan @DianaWay tells Bigelow Tea that she has iced Plantation Mint “in my ‘fridge 365 days a year.”  If you, like Diana, cannot live without tea, you can always bring your travel mug— but if you’re flying across the country or sailing the high seas, it’s quite likely that Bigelow Tea is being offered somewhere close by.

Yes, it’s true! Your favorite Bigelow Tea varieties are found on the following cruise lines: PrincessHolland AmericaCosta and MSC.  Bigelow Tea is also served high in the sky on American AirlinesUS AirwaysUnited AirlinesDelta and Hawaiian Airlines! So, as summer travelers are stowing their tray tables and saying “bon voyage,” a hot mug of Bigelow Tea is never far away.

Please share your tea and travel stories! The Bigelow family would love to know … where did you find Bigelow Tea this summer?
 

Bigelow Tea’s Back To College Tips

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It’s that time of year again. What seemed like an endless summer has now come to a sudden halt. College students have wrapped up once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunities, said good-bye to their parents for another semester, and moved back into their dorms. All these changes combined with figuring out your class schedule can be stressful—but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are a few “Back to College” tea drinking tips from Bigelow Tea:

  • It always helps to have an assortment of Bigelow Tea for every occasion: A cup of Earl Grey for the morning, Green Tea with Mango for an afternoon pick-me-up, and Cozy Chamomile to unwind after a busy day of classes and studying.  Bigelow Tea also has a number of assorted teas packs, perfect for college living.
  • Heat your tea water with an electric tea kettle or in your dorm microwave. Both are space savers and multipurpose. If you’re looking for temperature directions, here’s a handy guide to bookmark on your cell phone.
  • This Tea for One Personali-Tea mug is a great way to begin your college journey. It also comes with an assortment of flavors, so you can enjoy the teas you like most while making new discoveries.
  • Socialize with Bigelow Tea. Whether you’re studying or looking for a quiet night with your roomie, there’s a flavor for every occasion. Don’t forget to check out the delicious drink recipes online!

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As college student @ayyojitos mentioned, it’s “time for some shut eye so I can sign up for classestomorrow. #backtocollege.” This is the perfect time to steep a mug of Chamomile Mango Herbal Tea and spend a few minutes relaxing. Bigelow Tea’s college survival tips: Stay calm, make friends, study hard, and drink tea!

Keep us posted on your accomplishments throughout the semester and remember to send us your #backtocollege tea sippin’#mugshots!
 

Bigelow Tea And Lacrosse Are Deep Rooted In United States History

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The World Cup in Brazil certainly generated excitement this summer, but did you know we had some world class competition right here in the U.S. this July? The World Lacrosse Championships were held in Denver, Colorado over six days in July. The sports lovers at Bigelow Tea enjoy competition and know there are many sports and teams to root for—just like there are so many teas to choose from! It’s no wonder Bigelow Tea fan gingerlymade.com, asked recently: what’s your favorite Bigelow Tea?

The Federation of International Lacrosse may not be a household name, but lacrosse has a long and storied history in the New World, just like tea. In fact lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in North America, originating with indigenous peoples as far back as the 17th Century. Players use the lacrosse stick to catch, carry and pass the small rubber ball, in an effort to score on the opponent’s goal. Players wear protective gear because the game can get pretty rough!

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Lacrosse has been gaining popularity for years. In fact, this year’s “World Cup” Lacrosse Championship (also held every four years) had a record 38 nations in competition. The tournament drew 150,000 visitors over six days, culminating with the July 19th battle between Canada and the United States. Alas, Canada came out on top!  Like a good cup of Bigelow Tea and the Bigelow family itself, Lacrosse is a part of U.S. history!

1st image from Instagram via @brittney_taylor, 2nd image by Bill Brine via Flickr.com

Everything Is Peachy At Bigelow Tea!

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Beat the summertime heat with Bigelow Tea as you try out some delectable, peach-inspired recipes—in celebration of National Peach Month.  One of the most abundant, refreshing and succulent fruits to enjoy at this time of year, the peach is made even more tasty when paired with Bigelow® Green Tea with Peach!  Try these tasty Bigelow Tea concoctions and enjoy some dinner and dessert!

Grilled Green Tea Chicken and Peaches

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Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken – cut up – about 4-5 pounds
  • ¾ cup water
  • Bigelow Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly grounded pepper and salt to taste
  • 4 fresh peaches, halved and pitted

Directions (for Marinade):

In a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring water to the boil and add teabags, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes reducing liquid by ¼. Stir in honey and black pepper.

Directions (for Grilling Chicken):

Preheat grill. Rub chicken with the olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place chicken on grill, turn to medium low heat (or use “Indirect” cooking according to grill instructions) and brush with Green Tea with Peach marinade. Cover grill and cook chicken for 15 minutes, brush again with marinade, and cook for another 15 minutes, turn over and brush with marinade and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Check chicken with a meat thermometer which should read 140-150*F. Remove from heat. Brush peaches with marinade and place cut side down on grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes. Turn, brush with marinade and grill for another 3-4 minutes.

Time: 55-65 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream

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Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

ChillingTime: 4-6 hours

FreezingTime: 25-30 minutes

Yield:  1 Quart

Photo (at very top) via Wikimedia Commons.

Bigelow Tea Knows Austin Mahone Is A Fan Of Sweet Tea

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Teen singing sensation Austin Mahone has a sweet spot for tea. Yes, Bigelow Tea recently read a Q&A with Austin in US Magazine where he revealed that he’s actually “obsessed” with it!

In the article, the 18 year-old pop star shares 25 things “you don’t know about me,” and #3 is: “I’m really obsessed with drinking sweet tea.” Now “sweet tea”—iced tea with lots of sugar—is a big part of life down south, and because Austin was born in Texas and now lives in Miami, he’s got good reason to love sipping sweet iced tea. The Bigelow Family has strong ties to the south too, growing American Classic Tea right in Charleston, SC on its own Charleston Tea Plantation!

Bigelow Iced Tea is delicious when sweetened or not, so if Austin or any of his fans, known as “Mahomies” want to brew some of their own, maybe they’ll give one of Bigelow Tea’s many varieties a try!

If iced tea is your favorite summer drink—we know it’s yours @AyahNimer!—do you like it sweet? And which Bigelow Tea variety do you use most often?
 

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.