Merriam-Webster doesn’t have a definition for a “mazel tov cocktail,” but Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes knows what it is. While appearing on CNN Sunday, the Republican supporter apparently said the cocktail was used against police officers in the opening of Jay Z and Kanye West’s 2012 “No Church in the Wild” video. The only problem is that it was actually a Molotov cocktail that was used in the video.
While supporting the Republican presidential nominee’s criticism of Jay Z, who headlined a campaign concert for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Friday, Hughes took a moment to point out the rapper’s history of aggressive lyrics and music videos when she called the explosive used in the “No Church in the Wild” video against police authorities a “mazel tov cocktail.” It wasn’t long after she said the term that Twitter erupted with comments and questions about what a mazel tov cocktail actually is.
Not long only after Hughes' appearance, she took to Twitter and blamed the mix-up on the fact that she should have “taken a nap at some point in the last 24” hours, but that didn’t stop the journalist from receiving a ton of flak on social media. Even the official account of Merriam-Webster poked fun at Hughes’ “mazel tov cocktail” and tweeted that they “had no idea” what it was.
Meanwhile, some people on Twitter have suggested that mazel tov cocktails do exist. One user wrote out a recipe for the adult beverage, which is made with two ounces of No. 209 Kosher Gin, one ounce of lemon juice and .5 ounces of simple syrup.
“Mazel tov” is a commonly used Jewish phrase to wish someone congratulations or good fortune, while an actual Molotov cocktail is described by Merriam-Webster as “a simple bomb made from a bottle filled with gasoline and stuffed with a piece of cloth that is lit just before the bottle is thrown."