One of my favorite kitchen tools has always been the molinillo.  As a child I visited Mexico often and soon learned that almost every household has a molinillo.  Used for frothing hot chocolate and making the comforting masa drink, Atole, I also discovered that it is used for whipping eggs too.

First made by the  Spanish colonists in Mexico during the 1700s, the molinillo hasn’t changed much. The earlier ones were more simple in design and then became more elaborate with the addition of rings.
I have been collecting antique molinillos for their beauty along with functionality.  It’s so fun to bring out my special wooden whisk to make hot chocolate when friends are over.  It brings ritual and tradition to the process and I love that.