This is for a challenge at another site where we are given an old picture and challenged to make up a story about it. As usual, SOME of this story is true.
My great grandmother, Gladys Kierstead, was a teacher at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. This old photo (circa 1917) shows Gladys (second from right) helping a student in a class of army recruits who were learning to be cooks during WWI. This particular day, they were learning to make corn-meal mush, one of the staples for "doughboys" during that war. Gladys used to tell me that the man standing, third from the left, in the white t-shirt became famous after the war for having created the "Sidecar" cocktail. She never could remember his name, but the story was that he was a bartender at Harry's New York bar after the war.
There was an Army Captain who used to frequent the bar. He always arrived in his pal's motorbike sidecar and he was usually cold from the trip. When he asked for some Cognac to warm himself up, this guy remembered playing around with cocktails while at Pratt. He added Cointreau and lemon juice to the cognac and, thus, the "Sidecar" cocktail was born.
PHOTOS: from Library of Congress, for this challenge; Wikipedia for drink; Clipart Library; KITS: "Useful Engines" by Connie Prince; "Party in the USA" by Created by Jill; "Patriotic" at Edu-Clips; "Little Firecracker" - by HeatherZ Scraps. FONT: OldnewspaperType