The Molotov Cocktail: One Cocktail You Don't Want To Drink
The Molotov Cocktail is not a cocktail ordered at a restaurant, rather a homemade bomb often also known as the Molotov Bomb. The explosive gets its name due to the bottle container used. The bottle is filled with gasoline or other flammable product with a wick sticking out in order to set the product ablaze. They are treated much like a hand grenade, where the person lights it then tosses them at their opponent, awaiting the explosion. It does not as instantly destructive as a grenade, rather it sets the target on fire slowly burning its way to destruction. Often times in order to make sure the object is set on fire, they will add a thickening substance to the cocktail to make sure it not only catches fire, but stays ablaze. It became popular due to its cheapness to make and the availability of its supplies.
A Molotov Cocktail: You Can Drink
1 1/2 oz vodka
1 splash 151 proof rum
First, pour the vodka, it tastes best with Russian vodka. Then add a splash of the 151 proof rum. Once mixed, ignite the drink and blow it out before you drink it.
World War II Molotov Cocktail
What's in a Name?
Molotov Cocktail was named after Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov. During World War II, Molotov was the people's commissar for foreign affairs in the Soviet Union. He was neither the creator nor the first to use them. Actually, it was named to mock him, because the Finnish Army would use them against him and the Soviet Union during the Winter War and Continuation War. They even mass produced them dubbing them Molotov cocktails.
When first coined after Vyacheslav Molotov, the Finns had claimed they were sending bread baskets to the staving Soviets. Instead, they sent down a large bomb and called it the "Molotov Bread Baskets." As they sent them, they often would say, "a drink to go with the food."
Although they were named after an enemy during these conflicts, the Finnish were not the first to use them. They were first used in the Spanish Civil War in 1936-1939. Spaniard General Francisco Franco had encouraged many to use these against the Soviet tanks throughout this time. Although they obviously called it by a different name, most likely a firebomb, fire bottle, petrol bomb, or gasoline bomb.
Exploding Molotov Cocktail
How It Works
The Molotov Cocktail is almost always made within a glass bottle, usually, a pop bottle or wine bottle, filled with an explosive product but not all the way full. Usually gasoline or other flammable product like alcohol that would cause an explosion. Then the top is sealed airtight with rubber or another item that would allow an airtight seal.
Then through the seal, a wick of some sort, whether it be an actual wick or a rag is placed touching the fluid as well sticking out of the bottle. The rag or wick is lit, then thrown towards the enemy. When the bottle shatters, the gasoline spreads through the air, which will cause the area to be lit on fire. In war, they often will throw it at a tank or vehicle which will maximize the damage to their opponent. Some thickening products are often used in the Molotov Cocktail. Some of these products include sugar, tar, egg whites, animal blood, motor oil, rubber cement, or dish soap. This allows for the fire to burn longer and cause more damage. Without this, the fire may end before any damage is caused.
A Molotov Cocktail
Modern Uses of It
Although this cocktail was supposed to be used during war, it has been used in more modern times for worse purposes. On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered their High School in Columbine, then Harris threw a Molotov bomb in the library. Fortunately, it did not explode and was not used successfully. Unfortunately, the one that was thrown in the cafeteria by Klebold did explode. Fortunately, fire sprinklers distinguished it.
Molotov cocktails are common in both movies and video games and are used during war. Although they have become less common now that there are more high tech advancements in weaponry, they still provide quite the bang!
© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz