Anecdotally, the pickle juice hangover remedy is attributed sometimes to Poland, sometimes to Russia. If either is true, it’s coming from people who know their hangovers; hangover experts even.
The pickle juice hangover cure is legitimate. Remember, dehydration is a major factor in the power of the hangover. Pickle juice attacks dehydration on two fronts: replacing water and replacing electrolytes. The water part is self-evident. But besides being wet, pickle juice is also very salty.
Sodium is an important electrolyte, much of which you will have flushed out of your body the night before a bad hangover. Sodium plays a role in nerve and muscle function which should help with them horrible shakes. It also helps the body retain water so that you can get re-hydrated more quickly.
Now, maybe you love pickles and maybe you’d drink pickle juice just for kicks. If that’s you, then I guess give this hangover remedy a shot.* If you don’t care for pickles though, there are lots of other, less zesty ways to replenish lost electrolytes and water. We recommend coconut water.
*If you’re a fan of both pickle juice and bourbon, try a pickleback — a shot of bourbon with a pickle juice chaser. The shot with the built in hangover remedy.