With a happy hour offered Monday through Friday, Tempo Urban Kitchen has one thing on its mind: puro pinche pari. Its chingon bartenders are crafting house cocktails that are robust, precisely made and easy to enjoy on a scale between refreshing and spirituous. Plus, they specialize in the agaves, so snag a seat at the bar and consider starting here with El Guapo.
At its base, El Guapo is a smooth blend of double-distilled Maestro Dobel Silver tequila, muddled serrano chiles and a touch of smoky Ancho Reyes liqueur (made in Puebla, Mexico, from ancho chiles steeped in a sugar cane spirit). The herbaceous notes from the tequila are enhanced with fresh lime and lemon juices for a perky cocktail with a bite. Order the fish ceviche (a $5 steal during happy hour) with your second or third round. Salud!
Tempo Urban Kitchen, 1060 Imperial Hwy., Brea, (714) 529-2900; tempourbankitchen.com.
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