• REBLOGGED: Espresso Martini Recipe by Made From Scratch

    Posted by Brooke Fairgray

    Earlier this week I shared a delicious Chocolate, Nutmeg and Coffee Torte recipe that I made for Nespresso. I’m so pleased to be able to share the other recipe that I created for their latest Club Member campaign. A delicious and impossibly elegant Espresso Martini. This classic recipe was created using Nespresso’s Arpeggio Decaffeinate, as it has the ideal intensity of flavour and being decaf, it won’t have you worrying about going to sleep after finishing a busy day sipping one or two of these cocktails. These are easily one of my favourite cocktails and of course is perfect when paired with a slice of chocolate torte. x





    50ML VODKA







    Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso and vanilla into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Fill the martini glass with ice while you’re preparing your cocktail, so it’s perfectly chilled.

    Add the top of the cocktail shaker to the bottom container – making sure it’s secure by giving it a good tap to lock it in place. Then shake vigorously. The goal is to smash the ice in the cocktail container while chilling the martini; the vigorous shaking is what also creates the frothy top.

    Once shaken, tap the side of the cocktail shaker with the palm of your hand to break the seal. Tip the ice out of your martini glass – and then place the strainer over the top of the shaker and pour the martini through a sieve into your chilled martini glass. The strainer and sieve will help you achieve the smooth froth on the top.


    Garnish with a few curls of dark chocolate (simply run a knife or peeler down the side of a piece of chocolate to create a curl) – serve alongside a slice of chocolate tart and enjoy.


    Check out more of Made from Scratch over on their blog here.

  • Collected x Saben Takeover

    Posted by Brooke Fairgray

    This week Collected took over our Ponsonby Road store, being the first of our monthly collaborations with designers and friends of our brand. Roanne Jacobson (aka Mama Saben) says the idea is about the community; "sharing what we love with our customers, whilst also celebrating with other like-minded brands and businesses are doing so well!".

    Our first month-long pop-up sees Collected owner and interior stylist LeeAnn Yare sharing our space, with an ever evolving curation of home and giftwares from her Mt Eden store. And on Wednesday night we had the grand opening of the Collected Takeover!


    It was a stunning event that saw customers and friends from both stores brought together to sip on te Pa wine and Perrier sparkling water as well nibble on delicious Kapiti cheese! Not to mention, mix mingle and try out the latest products!

    If you were here, mingling with us we would love to see your photos! Pop them up on instagram with #sabenandfriends - and if you didn't make it, be sure to come by the store to check out all of the amazing products!

    We would like to say on behalf of both Saben and Collected, thank you to all those who braved the storm, as well as a BIG thank you to our marvellous sponsors, te Pa, Perrier and Kapiti- everything went down a treat!


  • Autumn 'IT' Bag

    Posted by Brooke Fairgray

    As we farewell the lazy days of summer, we must also welcome that bag that can take you from the crisp morning commutes of autumn, right through to wine ‘o’clock with the girls.
    That bag is Matilda.
    She is the perfect mix of, utility, functionality, and of course style. Boasting the same construction as her two little sisters - Tilly and Big Sis, Matilda is just that little bit roomier  (roomier enough to fit an ipad!) with the addition of that never-miss-a-call front external zip pocket.
    Having the options of matte black croc-emboss, mushroom and black leather makes Matilda versatile enough to work with anyone’s wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for something a little more fun, or prefer a conservative look, Matilda is the bag for you.
    Pop in store to see her for yourself- but be warned, she is flying out the door!
    Shop Matilda here