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The Oscar-nominated actor and connoisseur first showed off his suave mixology skills during the early days of the lockdown. In an video that quickly went viral, the 60-year-old whips up a classic Italian sipper, a Negroni, for his wife Felicity Blunt, ( the sister of his The Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt.)

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“I’m so flattered. We had no idea,” Tucci told PEOPLE on the enormous response to his tutorial which has racked up over one million views.

“I did that [first Negroni demo] as an in-house thing for our agency — where my wife works [as a literary agent], and where I am represented here in London,” he explains. “And she said, ‘Would you do a little cocktail thing, just for the Curtis-Brown people? It would be fun, cheer people up.’ So I did. And then she said, ‘Well, maybe put it on your Instagram.’ And then the world changed.”

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Since then, the Taste Of My Life author has become a regular mixologist on the gram,sharing his recipes for martinis, scotch sours, and even Christmas cosmos with his signature panache.

“I love cocktails. It’s that ceremony that I think is so beautiful,” Tucci said. “Sometimes it doesn’t really matter what the cocktail is. It’s the ceremony of it that’s quite lovely. It’s like setting a dinner table and sitting down altogether for dinner. It’s nice.”

The star of CNN’s new culinary docuseries, Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy, also makes a mean margarita.

“It’s a classic drink, it’s very refreshing,” he says in his Instagram tutorial.

For National Margarita Day 2021, bust out the tequila and follow Tucci’s recipe for his famed “Instagram Margarita” below.

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