The White Russian hails from Brussels, where it was created in 1949 at the Hotel Metropole in honor of a U.S. ambassador. Is it Russian? Nyet. It simply features vodka and coffee liqueur. However, its smooth, indulgent inclusion of cream makes it the ideal treat or a perfect nightcap. Just sweet enough to satisfy a dessert craving. Just the right coffee notes to complement a meal. And just enough vodka to offset the sweetness of the liqueur. Sophisticated, yes, and a little decadent. When Russians are coming, serve over ice in short, round glasses.