Chocolate Pot (The)

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CHOCOLATE POT, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). G Minor. Standard tuning. AAB. There is a painting called "The Chocolate Pot" [1] (c. 1745) by Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789). Chocolate was introduced to Europe by the Spanish, who brought it back from Mexico. A special pot was designed to facilitate the drink: the ingredients were placed in a cup, then a stirrer (molinillo) was added, after which a special cover was placed over the molinillo so that no liquied could escape. The chocolate was prepared by rubbing the milinillo between one's hands until the liquid is frothed and then it is poured. In England, it was usually drunk the first thing in the morning as part of a light breakfast in the very early 18th century, before being supplanted by tea (Maureen Waller, 1700: Scenes from London Life, 2000).

Printed source: Geoghegan (Compleat Tutor for the Pastoral or New Bagpipes), c. 1745-46; p. 29.


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