Shaken or stirred Martinis are one of those drinks you have when you know you are going to sit and visit for a while with friends. Martinis are not the type of drink anyone rushes to finish. The glass they are served in lends itself to sipping not gulping. And the creative flavors Martinis now come in make them suitable for just about any drink lover. So where are the best places to enjoy a martini in the Hudson Valley? I have put together a list of five great martini hideouts. Whether you are going to indulge in a dessert style martini like Chocolate or just sip on the original dirty variety I think these are some of the best places to enjoy the experience.

Zulu Time - Located at the Hotel Thayer at West Point this rooftop bar with spectacular views of the river offers Tini Thursdays. Check out the schedule for the upcoming flavor specials that include the Tiffany Blue Tini and Chocolate and Banana.

Mohonk Mountain House - The Carriage Lounge at Mohonk Mountain house is definitely a destination spot. Plan a trip to the Mountain house for a spa day or hiking and cap the day off with small plate fare and a Martini at this cozy hideaway with a mountain vista view.

The Tavern at Beekman Arms - The back of the tavern at the bar is a great place to enjoy a martini and take in the history of the oldest inn in America. If the walls could talk. Located in the heart of Rhinebeck you can walk around and enjoy the village then stop off for a cocktail to cap your day.

Shadows on the Hudson - On the Hudson River just south of the Walkway Over the Hudson this elegant location will make you feel as though you are treating yourself to a resort vacation. Grab table on the porch facing the West side of the River or sit at the bar either way your martini will make you feel transported from your day to day work rut. Shadows has one of the best views on the Hudson.

Last but not least ......

The Gardiner Liquid Mercantile - Located in the heart of Gardiner this local focused food and drink discovery is a real treat. They will mix you a martini from locally sourced spirits and ingredients that will not disappoint. Their menu is locally sourced as well and uniquely delicious.