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#DailyCup: Bigelow Shares the Fun of Hot Tea Month

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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It’s cold outside, but things are heating up at Bigelow Tea. Grab a steaming mug of your favorite tea blend because it’s National Hot Tea Month. Thankfully, tea is said by researchers to improve your mood, and be good for your body. Yep, tea definitely fits within most resolutions for 2014!

Hot Tea Month is a great excuse to sip more of the tea you love and share these faves with the people in your life. Make a cup of #greentea for a coworker and hand deliver it to her desk. Or, steep a few mugs of Cozy Chamomile and send an open invite to your dorm for a #dailycup.

Hot Tea Month also gives you tea lovers an excuse to discover your true personaliTEA by trying new tea flavors and mixin’ it up. Buy something new or head to the kitchen and whip up this delish looking Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea recipe.

Be social. Share. Enjoy. #DrinkBigelow. Post your hot mugs this month on Instagram like @jennifersikora and tag #BigelowTea.
 

New Year, New You. With Bigelow Tea Of Course!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Every new year brings an opportuni-tea for a do-over—to make changes that will make us happier, healthier versions of ourselves. As Diet Resolution Week commences, put the carefree indulgence of the past week (err, month) behind you, and get focused on your diet goals. Be specific, realistic and quite literally, don’t bite off more than you can chew! Not surprisingly, most resolutions are kaput before the month is out. If you’re daunted by the thought of dieting, we’re happy to report via research we have linked to that tea may slow down weight gain (when unaccompanied by cheeseburgers and pints of ice cream). Additionally, the ritualistic aspect of drinking Bigelow Tea will help with fluid intake—essential to any successful diet plan.

So let’s review some diet basics:

  1. Take it slow—one day, one meal at a time.
  2. Focus your goals, be specific but realistic. Switch to milk from cream, drink your favorite Bigelow Tea instead of soda, eat fish weekly.
  3. Prepare meals mindfully.
  4. Water is your BFF. Clear, non-caffeinated, unsweetened beverages also count, including herbal Bigelow Teas.
  5. Add fruits and veggies—even if it’s one of each per day!
  6. Avoid processed foods.
  7. Reduce portions.
  8. Find 30 minutes and get moving somewhere, anywhere—as many times per week as possible! Wash your car, reorganize your closets, walk the dog.
  9. Visualize what you want to wear and how you want to look in it.

At the end of the day, take a moment. Pour yourself a soothing, daily cup—it’s Hot Tea Month after all! Enjoy a flavor that satisfies that pesky sweet craving, like Bigelow Tea’s Chocolate Chai. (@LaTarshaPrecia1 knows the deal!) And, journal your amazing progress.

Image via Instagram by @vagabroadjournals

Win An iPad Mini And Tea Video Contest: What Makes Bigelow Your Cup Of Tea?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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What makes Bigelow your cup of tea? Share your answer in a YouTube, Instagram or Vine video for a chance to win an Apple iPad mini and a Bigelow Tea chest! One super creative video winner will take home this fantastic 1stplace prize and a 2nd place prize will win Bigelow Tea for a whole year! There’s no better way to kick off the New Year and Hot Tea Month!

For the video, express your thoughts, read a poem, sing an original song, do a Bigelow Tea dance, submit original artwork—anything goes as long as you answer what makes Bigelow your cup of tea! Then have more hot tea month fun by getting your friends to vote for your video….the top two videos with the most votes between the public and Bigelow Tea wins 1st and 2nd place prizes!

Prize details:

  • 2nd Place Prize – Tea for a year: one winner gets to choose a year’s worth of Bigelow Tea—six boxes per month totaling 120 tea bags!

To enter, “like” our Facebook page and click on the Video Contest icon under the large cover photo and follow the directions for adding your video link from Instagram, Vine or YouTube. Do it ASAP because as soon as you submit, you your friends, family and followers can start voting by clicking on the vote tab at the top of the video contest page! The video contest starts today and ends on January 29th. Check our Facebook page daily to view the latest videos and VOTE!  Winners will be announced on the Bigelow Tea blog on Jan. 31.

Good luck everyone, and have some serious fun creating your video tribute to what makes Bigelow your cup of tea!
 

Feeling A Bit Wrecked This Morning? Bounce Back With Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

If you’re reading this from under your covers with an aching head and a mouth full of cotton, we feel your pain.  No one wants to kick off the new year—or any day for that matter—feeling like a character from The Walking Dead. So take the pillow off your head and try the suggestion of drinking Bigelow Tea as one of your hangover cures which, in this clip, includes a “hair of the dog” Hot Toddy featuring Bigelow Tea.  And if you have a little extra time today while lying on the couch, head over to our Instagram @bigelowtea and share a pic of what you are sipping right now, #HappyNewYear!
 

Bringing Swanky Back: Bigelow Tea’s New Year’s Cocktail

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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This New Year’s Eve your hottest accessory could very well be a cool cocktail. Just holding a fancy glass filled with a ruby-colored beverage can make you feel a little glam! Here’s a link to some yummy drinks made with Bigelow Tea for the over-21 crowd, and below is an especially festive one! It features tart and tasty pomegranate, a posh fruit indeed. So channel your inner mixologist and make one for your friends tonight! (Facebook friend @KarleySimms might want to give it a try since she tells us she “loves poms!”) Enjoy!

Pomegranate Bellini Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
1 ¼ cups (310mL) boiling water
4 ounces vodka
¼ cup (60mL) fresh orange juice
Pomegranate seeds if available

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Allow to cool, then chill. To chill place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled tea and mix it with 1 tablespoon of orange juice and one ounce of the vodka.

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

NOTE: If a sweeter Mar-TEA-ni is desired, add ¼ ounce (½ tablespoon) of orange flavored liquor (Triple Sec, Grand Mariner, or Cointreau) to each drink.
 

Crazy Good New Year’s Resolutions From Bigelow Tea

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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“I’m giving up carbs.” “I’ll never drink again.” “I’m cutting up my credit card.” Tired of making the same yearly promises that you can’t possibly keep? It’s time for some “out-of-the-box” New Year’s resolutions. Here are five tea-centric ones from Bigelow Tea. Choose one—or more!— and Tweet your friends!

#5― Diet Alert! Does your nightly ritual involve a laptop and late-night snacking? Instead of mindlessly nibbling, sip with intention and have a mug of herbal tea.

#4 ― Be Green, Drink Green. Take care of the environment by composting your tea bags, and take care of your body by drinking Bigelow® Green Tea! Simple, right?

#3 ― Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. If you’re a realist and are not giving up sugar and alcohol, water is your way to say “buh-bye” to toxins and “hellooo” to a new, rejuvenated you! Drink water…. and, drink tea.

#2 ― Focus on FriendshipShare tea with friends… whenever and wherever you can. It will make your day. We promise.

#1 ― Tea and ZenMindfulness is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Take the time to gather your thoughts, make a daily intention and sip your favorite Bigelow® Tea.

Join us on Facebook and tell us what you plan to do differently in 2014!

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From Hot Tea To Hot Buttered Rum, Bigelow Tea Is The Perfect Drink!

Friday, December 27th, 2013

 btfri_From Hot Tea To Hot Buttered Rum, Bigelow Tea Is The Perfect Drink!

Did you know that any of our Bigelow teas can morph into a delish drink recipe?  Whether you are hangin with friends or hosting your family, we have the ingredients if you provide the bartender.  Check out our Mint Medley MojitoSangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea LemonadeOrange & Spice® Hot Mulled Wine or our Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum (recipe below).

And….we bet you have a recipe to share.  If so post a picture with a link on Instagram and tag with #bigelow so we can check it out and try a few on our own.  Now enjoy this recipe which is pure awesomeness!

Hot Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum

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
1/8 teaspoon salt

8 to 12-ounces (1 to 1 ½ cups) clear rum

Whipped cream: optional
Extra pumpkin pie spice: optional

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*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, and6 ounces hot brewed tea. Mix until Spiced Butter melts.

Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of spice, if desired.

Bigelow Tea Wishes You A Very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

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From the Bigelow Tea family to yours, we wish you a warm, healthy and happy holiday!

Trimming Bigelow Tea’s #Eco Tree With Upcycled Ornaments!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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Maybe the holidays aren’t a time to talk trash, but it’s unavoidable today because Bigelow Tea trimmed its tree this year with 100% upcycled ornaments made by Bigelow Tea employees! Trash to treasure indeed. If you love getting crafty during the holidays (like our friend Sarah White on her Our Daily Craft blog) you’ll go gaga for these creative and eco-friendly ornaments. A box of Green Tea became a sweet choo choo, wine corks–yes, we drink other beverages besides tea!—were transformed into a reindeer, and a garland made of foil Bigelow Tea bag wrappers tied the whole thing together. It’s a beautiful thing when “sustainabili-TEA” and holiday spirit come together. Feliz Navidad!

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A Cup Of Bigelow Tea Makes Us Feel Sparkly All Over!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

 

What gives you that little boost to your day, that extra spring in your step? Maybe a new pair of boots, maybe a new scarf? We like that, but the first thing that makes our day special is a great cup of Bigelow Tea—it makes us feel sparkly all over!

Of course, since all of our wonderful teas ignite their own heat and make us feel jazzy, any cup that you choose for your special morning cup can be your “perfect cup.” So we have a question for you. Let’s say you’ve put on the kettle, your teatime treats are arranged on a plate and you’re looking for that extra special something from your tea selection: which Bigelow Tea favorite would you choose to sip out of a cool, sparkly mug? Hmm … perhaps Bigelow Tea’s invigorating Pomegranate Pizzazz? What do you think?

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And if it’s cocktail time, consider making a batch of Sparkling “Constant Comment”® Tea Holiday Punch. A little effervescence certainly goes a long way! Whichever Bigelow Tea you decide to pour, we know of nothing better than the power of tea to give you a special start to every day!

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