09 November 2006
Molotov Cocktail...really Russian?
There are some things that cling to the Russian cliche: Vodka, Winter, Women...etc. One of them is the Molotov Cocktail. I think that everyone that has a minimum interest in what is going on around the world has some knowledge about this weapon and its name surely reminds some russian connection; but the truth is different...Here is some historical facts (Warning: Boring content)
The name "Molotov Cocktail" is derived from Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, a Soviet politician who was the People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs, or the Foreign Minister, of the Soviet Union, with an ironic reference to the 1930s fashion for pre-dinner "cocktails". During the buildup to World War II, when Finland refused to surrender some strategic ports to the Soviet Union, the Soviets invaded, citing a forged Finnish attack (Shelling of Mainila). The heavily-outnumbered Finnish Army, facing Red Army tanks in what came to be known as the Winter War, borrowed an improvised incendiary device design from the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War; in that conflict, the Spanish Nationalists under the orders of General Francisco Franco had used the weapon against Soviet T-26 tanks supporting the Spanish Republicans in a failed 1936 Soviet assault near Toledo, 30 km from Madrid.
When Molotov claimed in radio broadcasts that the Soviet Union was not dropping bombs but rather delivering food to the starving Finns, the Finns started to call the air bombs satirically "Molotov Picnic Baskets" and soon they responded by saluting the advancing tanks with "Molotov Cocktails" At first the term was used to describe only the burning mixture itself, but in practical use the term was soon applied to the combination of both the bottle and its contents...
So it was all Finnish stuff (and those guys have beaten the soviet army in odds of 30 to 1 in 1940s...great job)
And here is a drinkable Molotov Cocktail recipe (from Grigory)
- 100 ml Vodka
- 1 splash of Bacardi Blanco
- 1 splash of Campari Rosso
Mix well and bottoms up! (and don't ask me what a splash is)
Labels: Soviet Union