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TURNING SAINTS INTO SINNERS SINCE 1756

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naturally sacred

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NATURALLY SACRED

A drop of Santo Cuviso on the tongue and you’ll understand that true alchemists know how to quench the soul.  Each barrel of bacanora is handcrafted from 100% Agave Angustifolio piñas, harvested in Sierra de Sonora, México, and distilled by Master Bacanorero, Manuel “El Toro” Chacón, whose process infuses every drop with the sacred magic of three generations.  
100% organic. 100% wild. 100% sinfully good. 

 
 
 

Artesan  Magic

 

 
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artesan magic

That’s how the Jesuit missionaries referred to it back in the summer of 1756 when the Ópata Indians offered it up as a healing remedy. It didn’t take long for the Jesuits to praise the benefits of a daily dose. Legend has it that they broke their bread with it religiously, certain that each and every agave plant is a gift from God.  

The irony, of course, is that the Jesuit missionaries arrived in Sonora hoping to save Indian souls, but it was their souls that were saved, sip by sip. We’re certain the minute you taste Santo Cuvisio, you’ll feel the same saving grace.  

 
 

 

hecho a mano

 
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hecho a mano

The hands of our Master Bacanorero, Manuel “El Toro” Chacón, embrace so much more than just a family recipe. They hold the legacy of three generations who risked their lives to distill and deliver their passion for the spirit of Santo Cuviso. Bacanora production was banned for 77 years in Sonora, México, and those who were caught distilling agave were hanged or imprisoned…but the Chacón family persevered and when the ban lifted in 1992 everyone knew why—Santo Cuviso holds the power to turn saints into sinners.  

Transforming agave piñas (hearts) into Santo Cuviso is a sacred science. Manuel and his team harvest the wild agave, then clean and roast the piñas over mesquite and oak in an underground volcanic stone oven for days. Then they crush every heart, grinding them down to their pure essence and extracting the juices that remain. The juices are poured into vats to ferment and then, once purified, double-distilled in handcrafted copper alambiques. The result? Something you simply can’t get enough of.  

 
 

Blanco  +  Uvalama  +  ANIS 

Santo Cuviso translates as Holy Bacanora. It’s dry, complex, with a kick of pepper and a grounded, earthy finish.
Crafted to remind you that sometimes the best way to refresh your soul is to allow your lips to kiss a little spirit every day.  

 
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Santo cuviso Blanco

Santo Cuviso translates as holy bacanora. It’s dry, complex, with a kick of pepper and a grounded, earthy finish. Crafted to remind you that sometimes the best way to refresh your soul is to allow your lips to kiss a little spirit every day.  


Region: Sonora
Master Distiller: Manuel “El Toro” Chacón
Variety: Agave Angustifolia Haw
Alc.Vol: 45% 
Cooked: Underground stone oven
Fermantation: 6-12 days with well water
Grinding: By hand and machine
Distillation: Double distilled in copper stills

Tasting Notes
Sight: Luminous with medium viscosity  
Nose: Earthy, passionate, clean and powerful, with subtle tones of mesquite and oak
Taste: Dry, complex, slightly smoky, naturally sweet with a kick of pepper and an earthy finish.  

 

Santo cuviso Uvalama

The subtle wonder of BLANCO, infused with Uvalama Berries which adds a delightfully aromatic and fruity finish along with the shimmer of sun.


Region: Sonora
Master Distiller: Manuel “El Toro” Chacón
Variety: Agave Angustifolia Haw
Alc.Vol: 45% 
Cooked: Underground stone oven
Fermantation: 6-12 days with well water
Grinding: By hand and machine
Distillation: Double distilled in copper stills

Tasting Notes
Sight: Bright, shimmering, morning sun
Nose: Fruity, fresh and light with a hint of mint and earth  
Taste: Cooked agave maguey and sweet fruits 

 

Santo cuviso ANIS

This bacanora is prepared using traditional agave concentrate, with an addition of a whisper of star anise, just 2% of this essence adds its enticing notes to the classic recipe.


Region: Sonora
Master Distiller: Manuel “El Toro” Chacón
Variety: Agave Angustifolia Haw
Alc.Vol: 40% 
Cooked: Underground stone oven
Fermantation: 6-12 days with well water
Grinding: By hand and machine
Distillation: double distilled in copper stills

Tasting Notes
Sight: Brilliant caramel color
Nose: Fruity with herbal notes  
Taste: Cooked agave maguey and anis flavor 

 

Bacanora Mixology 

Though traditionally drank straight, bacanora’s slight smokiness and slight savory edge make it especially compelling in cocktails.
Herbal, spicy, tart, and bittersweet, these are our favoritel drinks

 
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SANTO CUVISO

SWEET TALKER

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Bacanora Blanco
.75 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.5 oz. Maple Syrup

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake.
Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with slice of cucumber.

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SANTO CUVISO

BLUE DEVIL

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Santo Cuviso Blanco
3 oz. SomaTea Butterfly Peaflower Tea, cold brewed
1 Tsp. Pop’s Grenadine syrup
pomegranate juice, unrefined cane sugar, orange flower water.

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake.
Garnish with cucumber slices and lavender flower.

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SANTO CUVISO

EVIL LEMON BUZZ

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Bacanora Blanco
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
.5 oz local honey


Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake.
Serve over a large ice rock, garnish with a twist of lemon.

 

 

Art - bacanora

Santo Cuviso is wildly spirited from the inside out. Our once a year artist edition, drawn by Kathleen Cammarata, depicts The Patron Saint of No Turning Back, she’ll be watching over you from the moment you take that first sip. 

 
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KATHLEEN CAMMARATA
Cammarata’s paintings and drawings examine the place and terrain of an imaginary world subject to growth, change, explosion, and rebirth. Her work teams with life of the strangest variety presenting nature as dynamic ambiguous characters. This label is part of Kathleen’s series of Erased Saints- a collection of 16 pencil drawings that challenge the traditional perspective of female patron saints. Each drawing begs the question, “Who decides what is holy and what is not.” Kathleen is an American artist born in NY, now living in working in San Miguel. She has been painting for over 30 years and in the last decade pursued drawing as a formal contemporary medium. She has had 25 solo shows and participated in over 50 juried shows throughout New England and the USA. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work.

2018 Limited Edition of 25 Bottles of Bacanora "Santo Cuviso Blanco", numbered and signed labels are available through the website only. Included is a limited 17x22 inch Giclée print, numbered and signed. Contact us for availability. A portion of the sale will go to Patronato Pro Niños. Since 1970, this non-profit organization has provided medical and dental services to children in San Miguel de Allende whose families cannot afford them.

 
 

NEWS

Turning saints into sinners

A drop of Santo Cuviso on the tongue and you’ll understand that true alchemists know how to quench the soul. 

 

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