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Posted at 2:50 PM ET, 09/19/2008

Happy Hour of the Day

By Fritz Hahn

I've raved about the wonderful Caribbean cocktails at Ceiba a number of times over the last five years, and if you haven't stopped by the colorful downtown restaurant for a drink, you've got an extra good reason to do so tonight.

To celebrate Ceiba's fifth anniversary, the bar is offering complimentary snacks from 4 to 7 and pouring $5 mojitos and margaritas all night. Mojito and margarita specials may be old hat, but these are extraordinary versions of classic cocktails.

For the mojitos, Ceiba's staff uses a special press to crush sugar cane stalks and extract the raw, earthy, sugar-water called guarapo. The result isn't as sweet as most Americanized mojitos, but I think it's more refreshing.

The margaritas use Cuervo gold tequila and a house-made sour mix that lends a nice bite -- far better than you'll get at some overpriced, overcrowded Mexican restaurants.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 19, 2008; 2:50 PM ET
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Mmmm, Cuervo Gold: 51% agave (the legal minimum to call still be able call it tequila) 49% who knows what. And don't forget the food coloring to give it that fake amber glow of a reposado or an anejo!

Posted by: Mark R. | September 19, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Valid point, but Cuervo still makes a mean margarita. Care to name a reposado you'd mix with sour and Citronge?

Posted by: Fritz | September 19, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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