I made Stanley Tucci's 3-ingredient 'tequila-tini,' and the easy cocktail is perfect for anyone who loves an old fashioned

I made Stanley Tucci's 3-ingredient 'tequila-tini,' and the easy cocktail is perfect for anyone who loves an old fashioned
I channelled my inner Stanley Tucci for happy hour.Stanley Tucci/Instagram and Rachel Askinasi/Insider
  • Stanley Tucci took to Instagram to host another cocktail tutorial.
  • This time, he showed followers how to make a "tequila-tini."
  • The drink combines tequila reposado with Cointreau and an orange twist.

Stanley Tucci may be best known as an award-winning actor, but he's also made a name for himself as Instagram's favorite mixologist.

Early in the pandemic, when people were constantly cooking, perfecting their bar carts, and fine-tuning their at-home happy hours, the "Searching for Italy" host showed his followers how to make his version of a Negroni. He followed up the makeshift masterclass with other cocktail tutorials, including one for an old fashioned.

Now, he's returned to everyone's phone screens to demonstrate how to make what he calls a "tequila-tini." Though it doesn't feature vermouth, vodka, or gin (all common martini ingredients), Tucci put the drink in a martini glass to get into the spirit.
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"It's really nice to see you again," the impeccably-dressed Tucci said as he addressed his Instagram audience. "I'm sorry it's been so long since I've made a cocktail, but sometimes I like to drink alone." Don't we all, Tucci?

I'm a big tequila fan, for both sipping and mixing - and let's be honest, shots are never completely out of the question - so I couldn't wait to dive into this simple recipe, which Tucci says his friend, actor and filmmaker Paul Feig, created.

Tucci's easy cocktail recipe only requires 3 ingredients and basic bar tools

I made Stanley Tucci's 3-ingredient 'tequila-tini,' and the easy cocktail is perfect for anyone who loves an old fashioned
I used a small knife to cut a ribbon of orange peel for a twist garnish.Rachel Askinasi/Insider
Following the actor's lead, I bought an orange, Cointreau (an orange-flavored liqueur), and Casamigos tequila reposado, which Tucci cheekily points out is "made by a famous person." (George Clooney, another award-winning actor, is one of the faces behind Casamigos tequila.)
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To prep for this early happy hour treat, I got out the tools I needed for this cocktail, which included a jigger (a fancy but mostly fun term for something that measures out a shot of alcohol), a stirring spoon, pitcher, strainer, and a paring knife.

And I couldn't let the "Devil Wears Prada" actor completely out-shine me when it came to my fashion game, so I rummaged through my mom's closet until I found something that somewhat resembled Tucci's classy button-down and vest combo.Tucci's video caption says to use four shots of tequila and half of a shot of Cointreau, but his video narration instructed us to use two shots of tequila and a half-shot of the liqueur. I went with the lighter measurements he called for in the video because, well, I didn't really feel like having an instant hangover.
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Making sure I had some fresh ice in my pitcher, I added the Cointreau, stirred for around one minute, and then added the tequila before stirring again for another 90 seconds.

I made Stanley Tucci's 3-ingredient 'tequila-tini,' and the easy cocktail is perfect for anyone who loves an old fashioned
After stirring the alcohol in a pitcher, I strained it into a glass.Rachel Askinasi/Insider

After what seemed like an eternity of extremely loud clanking as I swirled my metal spoon in the glass pitcher, I strained the cocktail into a glass, used my knife to cut a fresh twist from my orange, and marveled at my creation.

Tucci opted for a proper martini glass for this drink. I, however, have been blessed with incredibly shaky hands, so those upside-down pyramids never work out well for me. I tried to prevent a spill by using a small wine glass we only really use for Passover seder, but alas, I still couldn't escape my fate.
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I wasn't expecting the smokey, bitter flavors that graced my taste buds

When I took my first sip, I was immediately grateful that I only used two shots of tequila instead of four. This drink is strong.

I made Stanley Tucci's 3-ingredient 'tequila-tini,' and the easy cocktail is perfect for anyone who loves an old fashioned
Cheers, Stanley!Rachel Askinasi/Insider

I also noticed right away that the drink was perfectly chilled. This was the first time I've ever stirred a cocktail, and I think I'll be using this method from now on. I was able to get an evenly-chill temperature throughout the drink rather than the inconsistent temperature I typically experience when I have ice in my glass.

The flavors here were bitter and rich and kind of reminded me of an old fashioned, which made sense when I thought about the other cocktails that fit Tucci's palate.
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If you're a fan of the sweeter, more agave-forward tequila blanco with lime, this may not be the drink for you. But if you're into smokier margaritas made with tequila reposado, Tucci's tequila-tini is definitely worth a shot.

And here's a pro-tip if you find the flavors overwhelming: In playing around with the recipe and trying to mellow it out a bit, I found that stirring for longer brings out the sweetness of the Cointreau.

Because of how simple it is to make, I think I'll be adding Tucci's tequila-tini to my happy hour rotation - that is, until I can safely get back to New York City's cocktail bars.
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