Boston Common Magazine: Build Your Own Manhattan at Freepoint Kitchen

August 24, 2017

Read in Boston Common Magazine September 2017 Issue


Typically, you order a cocktail and it soon appears with an olive, maybe a sugar-coated rim. But chef Matthew Gaudet of Cambridge’s Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails wants you to embark on an adventure. He wants you to explore the wide world of whiskey and experiment with drinks like the “21st Century Cocktail” which pays homage to a similar cocktail from NYC’s Please Don’t Tell. Th en, you’ll be ready for the biggest challenge: Make your own Manhattan. “We want our guests to pair their whiskeys with all the diff erent styles of vermouth and bitters that make a great cocktail,” says Gaudet. Th ere’s some two dozen bourbon and rye options alone with nine house variations. As for the meals, Gaudet takes it from there: “I think the bright and refreshing whiskycured salmon and cucumber would pair with any of these. Or perhaps a chilled and crisp shrimp cocktail,” Gaudet says his menu refl ects the restaurant’s atmosphere. “Th e hotel took care of the design aesthetic, which has a lot of subtle references to Cambridge and its unique history,” he says. “I looked over architectural renderings and I knew then it would be the atmosphere I could see my food being a part of.” 220 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Cambridge, 617.491.8000,


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