Molinillos for sale in Oaxaca
A molinillo is a traditional Mexican turned wood whisk, also used in Colombia and the Philippines, where it is also called a batirol or batidor. Its use is principally for the preparation of hot beverages such as hot chocolate, atole and champurrado. The molinillo is held between the palms and rotated by rubbing the palms together; this rotation creates the froth in the drink. This process is the subject of a popular children's nursery rhyme in Mexico.
A silver molinillo from pre-conquest Mexico is owned and often used by the protagonist in the novel The Discovery of Chocolate by James Runcie.
Television cook Alton Brown used a molinillo to prepare hot chocolate in episode 509 of his cooking show Good Eats.