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Start The School Year With Bigelow Tea!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

It’s hard to believe, but much of summer has whizzed by, and pretty soon it will be back-to-school time for everyone, including parents!  As the fall approaches, and back-to-school stress starts up, Bigelow Tea recommends a strong cup of an apple cider or pumpkin spice tea for relaxation!

We know that back-to-school isn’t only a busy time for kids, but it’s also very demanding for parents.  It can be so stressful that almost half of the mothers polled in one survey wished for a housekeeper to help out with the workload, and over half said they were likely to cry on the first day of school!

So as the school year approaches, along with mountains of paperwork, lunches to prepare and kids to shuttle around, make sure to keep the stress in hand! Brew a cup of herbal tea and plan ahead for those hectic mornings. Get inspired with ideas to make fun school lunches, and get the kiddies excited with back-to-school crafts!

Remember: it’s okay to take a deep breath and relax! School time should be a fun time! So don’t forget to sit back and enjoy the first day of school photo-shoot or walk to the bus! And once the little ones are out the door, cradle a mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea and say “ahhh.”

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Bigelow Loves Knowing That Matthew McConaughy Drinks Tea!

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Movie watchers are buzzing about actor Matthew McConaughey’s suddenly shrinking physique. Don’t be alarmed Magic Mike fans! The athletic star says he is losing weight on purpose for yet another film role. Bigelow Tea is happy to hear Matthew telling interviewers that he is losing the weight slowly and sensibly – and that he’s drinking lots of tea!

We applaud Matthew’s commitment to his craft and for setting a good example for healthful eating and living. He has been making the talk show rounds this summer to promote his latest film, Killer Joe. Appearing on Larry King Now, Matthew said he has lost 15 pounds and intends to shed 15 more by mid-September, when he begins shooting for The Dallas Buyers Club.  In that film, he’ll be playing a man who contracts HIV. “It’s a bit of a spiritual cleanse, mental cleanse,” says McConaughey. “[I’m] drinking a lot of tea.”

It’s great to see a star we’ve enjoyed in lighthearted romantic comedies take on grittier and more challenging roles. So, to Matthew, we say, “stay strong,” … and we hope he’ll partake in the many varieties of Bigelow Tea while he’s on his artistic journey!

Photo via The Daily Mail

Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Golf Month with “Tea Time”

Friday, August 10th, 2012

It’s August, which means it is National Golf Month! That’s good news for our golf-loving tea enthusiasts, because a whole month is dedicated to getting out on the green, going to the driving range and hitting some golf balls! Here at Bigelow Tea, we definitely understand the allure of “tea time,” so be sure to enjoy National Golf Month—and a cup of tea!—while you can!

Just like tea, golf has a long history, dating back to the first golf game in St. Andrews in 1427! Since then, golf has taken off, captivating everyone from kids to adults. Here are some other fun golf facts: the youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one was five years old; there are over 32,000 golf courses in the entire world; and golf will be making a return in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after 112 years!

Like us at Bigelow Tea, many tea lovers are also sport lovers … and it’s safe to say that golf and tea are the perfect combination. Tea is the best companion for making your way around the golf course, and when it’s especially hot, try stowing some of Bigelow’s Iced Teas in a thermos in your golf bag! If you can’t get out on the links, you can certainly sip a tall glass of iced tea as you watch the PGA Tournament this month or the Ryder Cup in September!

So, this month, there’s only one thing to say to all those golf playing tea drinkers out there: “It’s tee time and it’s time for tea!” Hit ‘em straight, and enjoy your cup!

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Bigelow Tea Welcomes A Week To Simplify Your Life

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Our hands mold around the warmth of a cup of tea. The aromatics fill the room. The delicate flavors are distinct in the first sip. The act of drinking tea is complete simplicity. That’s why we at Bigelow Tea welcome Simplify Your Life Week with open arms. This first week in August, we’d like to take a moment to look at how to step back and appreciate the meaningful things in our lives.

Simplifying forces us to reduce the complexities in life, to refocus our priorities. It’s all about having enough without having too much. To personalize this concept, take a look at the excesses you have.  Perhaps it’s clutter or a lack of free time. Once you’ve identified them, you can begin simplifying!

Simplifying can also mean taking small moments to appreciate more. Find time to relax and read few pages in a book. Or start keeping a gratitude journal. And brew a pot of tea—Cranberry Hibiscus perhaps?—and savor the flavor.

If we were keeping a gratitude journal, at the top of our grateful list would be the perfect box of Bigelow Tea in assorted varieties! And what about you? The items on your gratitude list are the things that matter most to you—the things you don’t want to get rid of. But everything else you may want to reconsider. It’s been said that there’s an immense freedom that comes with having less.

So, while you sip your tea, remember: it’s all about being in the moment. Let go of the extra “stuff” and embrace what you love. Simplify. Drink some tea.

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Liam Payne From One Direction And Bigelow Tea Have A Lot In Common

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Juxtaposition is a funny word, but it’s one that comes in handy when comparing two things that may not typically be grouped together. Take, for instance, Liam Payne of the wildly popular British boy band One Direction and our favorite beverage of choice, tea. Tea may not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think of a 19 year-old teenage pop star, but like Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles, Liam is a tea lover! We at Bigelow Tea actually aren’t surprised at all.

Having been born in England, it’s no wonder that Liam has the sophistication for sipping the brew. In fact, he has asked his tour staff to serve the elixir in his dressing rooms prior to all his shows. Apparently, Liam says he “loves an English Breakfast tea with three sugars before show.” Our hearts are swooning like a 12 year-old girl!

We hope that when One Direction comes stateside, he’ll give our very own English Breakfast Tea a try! And while he’s at it, perhaps he’d like to sip our English Teatime. Who knows? He might just start requesting two different kinds of teas in his dressing room!

One Direction’s song What Makes You Beautiful is at the top of all the music charts, and tween girls seem to think that the group is here to stay! Wherever their careers go, Bigelow Tea knows that Liam Payne is at the top of our charts. Just knowing that we share a passion for tea makes him a hit in our book … and the group’s songs do make us tap our toes!

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Bigelow Iced Tea Is The Best Beach Companion

Monday, August 6th, 2012

We know you enjoy drinking Bigelow Tea on ice throughout the summer. Whether it’s out on the boat, on your front porch or while working in the garden, a glass of Bigelow Iced Tea should never be more than an arm’s reach away. One of our absolute favorite places to drink iced tea is, of course, on the beach!

Taking a thermos full of iced tea to the beach is an absolute no brainer! It’s a simple way to keep one of your most-loved beverages nearby and ready to pour whenever you need a sip of something cool and refreshing. Sipping beverages like iced tea is also an excellent way to prevent dehydration in the summer heat … and add something fun to a trip to the seashore! Flavors such as Green Tea with Pomegranate and Red Raspberry provide the right amount of zest needed for enjoying a cool drink on the sand.

And don’t forget to take along your favorite treat when hitting the shores! Anything from cookies and fresh fruit to sandwiches and chips make tasty companions for Bigelow iced tea. And while you’re relaxing near the water, you might as well have a good a beach read for entertainment. Three Cups of Tea would be a great partner for any Bigelow Tea flavor!

So sit back, pull out your favorite thermos of iced tea and relax for a fun day on the beach!

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Bigelow Tea Looks At Staycations As a Summer Vacation Alternative

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

It’s true that we all can’t jet off on a European vacation every year or experience an exotic escape for a quick summer break. But there are plenty of ways to get away from it all while staying close to home; all it takes is a well-plannedstaycation! A staycation is a break at home, or near to home, that takes advantage of local offerings you may not have considered. Bigelow Tea is all about savoring the benefits of family time at home and with the community!

Spend more time in your garden on your staycation!

For an exciting staycation, look at opportunities within a 50-mile radius from your home. Consider visiting local parks or heading downtown for sightseeing. With a little planning and research, you can stay close to home and still have days and days of fun! Plus, you’ll be sending a great message to the kids when you participate in local community activities for a day. Helping others is a great way to spend a part of your staycation!

Take time for Tea time on your staycation!

Perhaps the greatest advantage of a staycation is enjoying tea time every afternoon! Whether you sip during an at-home spa day or while sharing tasteful and uplifting conversations with family and friends, Bigelow Teas are meant to be shared! A cup of tea along with tea-infused appetizers and snacks and even some teatime treats all can add to the luxury of your staycation! Sounds like a plan!

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Bigelow Tea Devours National Ice Cream Sandwich Day With Tea Infused Treats

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Tea lovers will be excited to hear that you can make ice cream sandwiches with tea! Who knew? Well, we at Bigelow Tea did … and we want to share this fantastic family-friendly recipe with you just in time for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day which is tomorrow! Our Vanilla Caramel Tea infuses just the right amount of sweetness and richness into the ice cream you’ll make with this recipe. If you give it a try, we think ice cream sandwiches will take on new meaning in your household, and your kids might start asking for tea-licious ice cream all the time!

Vanilla Caramel Tea-licious Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 ¾ cups (409mL) whole milk
Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags*
2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup (160mL) sugar
48 chocolate or vanilla wafers – 2 ½ inches in diameter

Yield: Makes 1 quart (1L) = 24 ice cream sandwiches 

*Delicious alternatives—any of our Bigelow® Teas—suggested flavors are Constant Comment®,Vanilla ChaiPlantation Mint®, French Vanilla or Spiced Chai.

Instructions:

Requires Ice Cream Maker
In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup milk (reserve remaining milk for later use) and 6 Vanilla Caramel tea bags over medium heat until bubbles are visible. Remove from heat and let steep for 6 minutes. Squeeze tea bags, remove and discard.
In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs, add the tea/milk mixture, remaining milk, cream and sugar. Pour back into saucepan and heat over low heat until the custard thickens but does not boil. Remove from heat and strain; chill.
Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions. Place in a plastic container and store in freezer until ready to make sandwiches.

To make sandwich:
Let ice cream soften slightly, then place a small scoop on flat side of cookie, top with another cookie and press gently. If desired, roll the sides of the sandwiches through rainbow or chocolate sprinkles to coat ice cream. Freeze on a baking sheet for 1 hour; wrap each sandwich in plastic. They will keep in freezer for up to one week.

Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: 45 minutes.

Bigelow Tea Eyes The Olympic Games And The Grand Traditions Of Tea

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

London is the center of the sports world this month with all the excitement and drama of the 2012 Summer Olympics. We’re huge sports fans here at Bigelow Tea, so we’re glued to the TV watching the games! Meanwhile, an unprecedented number of tourists are in London watching the sporting events and soaking up a bit of the culture and customs of Great Britain.  A quintessential English tradition is, of course, teatime! The British love their tea at formal tea time or any time of the day. It is a reflection of their national character, so a trip to the 2012 Olympics should include stops at many London Tea Shops!

The 2012 Olympics have two main themes for the food and beverages served inside the London venues: (1) foods that reflect the multicultural mix of dishes enjoyed across the UK, and (2) food from other countries and regions that are participating in the games. We know there are tea-lovers all over the world, from Holland to Japan … and we think they’ll all feel at home in London this summer! Perhaps, our own tea-drinking US Olympic Basketball star LeBron James will find a place to sip tea during the games, just like some Winter Olympians did back in 2010!

Another great English tradition, Wimbledon, also plays an important part in the 2012 Olympics: the Olympic tennis matches will be played on the famed Wimbledon courts! This means that the 500 members of the private All England Club will need to take their tea at the Wimbledon practice courts instead of the clubhouse. A small price to pay for Olympic glory!

We will enjoy watching and cheering all the Olympians and Team USA as they go for the gold. And, as we watch the “tele” at home, we just might have our own Olympic tea party!

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Leave It To Bigelow Tea To Make A Delightful Long Island Iced Tea!

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Maybe you’ve had a Long Island Iced Tea recently and found it just a bit lacking … because, despite its name, the popular mixed cocktail doesn’t contain any tea.Until now that is! At last Bigelow Tea paves the way for the tastiest Long Island Iced Tea recipe ever, featuring your choice of our delicious Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade or Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate!

Our new Long Island Iced Tea Lemonade recipe joins our grand list of Bigelow Tea beverage recipes. It could’t come at a more perfect time: during the summertime iced tea season!

Sip and enjoy!

Biglelow Tea Long-island Iced Tea  Lemonade

Ingredients:

1 bag Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade*
2 cups boiling water
16 ounces brewed Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade concentrate*
2 ounces gin
2 ounces dark rum
2 ounces vodka
4 ounces triple sec
2-ounces Cola
2-ounces Sparkling water

*Variation: Try using Bigelow Half& Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate
Makes 4 servings (6 ounces)

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 (1/2 ounce) each of cola and sparkling water to each glass.
Garnish with an umbrella and lemon slices or a piece of fruit, enjoy!