The display-worthy bottle looks like something straight out of Elsa’a Ice Palace
Russian caviar. French cheese. Italian wine. American vodka. Yes, you read that correctly. Yuliya Mamontova, founder of AnestasiA Vodka, which is headquartered in White Plains, is setting out to break the convention that luxury goods must be imports.
Mamontova’s super smooth vodka is produced in Bend, Oregon, with water that is filtered five times through natural substances like crushed lava rock, neutral charcoal and quartz from Arkansas.
Mamontova is shattering other standards as well. In a business that is “99.9 percent men,” she is quickly making a name for herself and garnering respect as a producer of artisanal American alcohol. At first, people couldn’t believe she was “a woman running a vodka business,” she says. “But breaking stereotypes and encouraging women motivates me.”
Mamontova, who comes from a family of Ukrainian vodka producers, started her company in 2008. She considered importing spirits from Ukraine but ultimately decided to go a different route. “I was inspired to create something domestically that would create jobs,” she recalls.
Today, business is thriving. AnestasiA vodka can be found at most county liquor stores, including Westchester Wine Warehouse and Vino 100 White Plains. It’s also on the menu at Tarrytown’s RiverMarket and Tarry Tavern and Lilly’s Oyster Bar in White Plains, where it is featured in the “White Plains AnestasiA,” a potent drink made with St. Germain, Prosecco, and fresh grapefruit juice.
In an effort to give back, Mamontova donates to Scenic Hudson, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring the
Hudson River. Just think of it as cocktails for a cause.