The Roman soldiers carried cooked, concentrated grape must in small leather bags as part of their provisions on military campaigns. The troops would dilute the must with the water they had to drink & when possible added a few mint leaves taken from a nearby bush for a refreshing drink.
Balsamic vinegar was once considered a medical remedy. In the middle ages, wealthy Italians relied on the luscious liquid to treat every day ailments such as headaches & indigestion. Because of its prized therapeutic properties only merchants, landed gentry & the nobility could afford it. Balsamic vinegar wasn’t considered a food product until hundreds of years later when it became a culinary delicacy. Eventually the kitchen staple made its way to the general population including North America were it became popular in the early 1980’s
Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
The Little Book of Vinegars