Review: ResQwater

Review: ResQwater


ResQwater is a clear beverage in a single-serve bottle, meant to be consumed “before, during, or after” a hangover… though the name would certainly imply it’s here to rescue you once you’ve already been struck down.

Sweet and a little syrupy, it’s fortified with N-acetyl L-cysteine, fructose, prickly pear juice, vitamins B1, B6, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium, all in a water base. It’s a rather simple recipe for what is usually a complicated category, but hey, maybe simple actually works better in this case.

ResQwater’s problem is not so much its taste — the fructose used as a sweetener is a little jarring, but palatable, and the “natural apricot tea flavor” is recognizable only through the tiny type on the label — but rather its consistency. It’s a lot thicker than it looks, syrupy and almost a little slimy in its character. That worked against me this morning when, feeling less than 100 percent, I found ResQwater was fine at first but soon became difficult to drink. Ultimately I gave up after finishing only half the 16 oz. bottle.

Yet maybe 8 ounces is all it takes. I wouldn’t say I had a crushing hangover this morning, but I was certainly operating at less than full strength. An hour later, I was feeling fine. Go figure.

B- / $14 for four 16-oz. bottles / [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]





Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. smartypants on November 20, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Vitamin water and Gatorade are the same damn thing. It just has electrolytes in it–and that’s what helps hangovers. These hangover cures are really just money making rip offs of tums and drinks that you can get at the gas station. Have you heard of Chasers? Yeah, it’s really just calcium, the same thing you can get from eating tums. This drink is just and unreputable. I even bet that Gatorade is far better tasting than this shit is. The horrible thing is, they charge $14 bucks for four bottles of it. Vitamin water is only $1.50 per bottle.

  2. beachboozer on November 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve tried this drink a couple of times and it’s definitely not the same as Gatorade or Vitamin Water…some similar ingredients, yes, but not the same. I agreed with the review written on this site. Both times I used it I saw a noteworthy improvement, although neither of my nights drinking were in great excess. I’m ready to make a part of my routine in the on-going effort to prevent (or cure) my hangovers…

  3. Bee on December 13, 2009 at 10:11 am

    This was a real remedy but for the price was really not worth it. I found out that Pedialyte is much better than this and it costs much less. Even Gatorade & Powerade worked great for hangovers but I would say Pedialyte is the winner. Its like having an IV bag in a bottle which is what the hospital would give you if you were to go there for a hangover.

  4. Gunner427 on December 23, 2009 at 9:26 am

    My wife and I have tried this – and like it. It’s got the same stuff as Pedialite and Gatorade, but the other stuff in there makes all the difference in the world. My wife tried it after three glasses of red wine gave her a screaming head-ache…and it took care of it pretty quickly (20-30 min).

  5. Amanda on August 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I am a nutritionist. I have taken Resqwater, it’s amazing. I’ve always had hangovers!! I’m not one to pump myself full of sugar however your body needs these nutrients after a long night. All in all, I give this 5 stars….

  6. gina on August 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    i would go with powerade, it’s a lot cheaper!

  7. teri on April 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I drink like the guys do. This stuff is the bomb. If you can’t drink it along the way, drink two before bed. It’s awesome.

  8. Anonymous on July 8, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Amanda….you’re a nutritionist and you drink alcohol? Sure hope no one is paying for your advice.

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