A SuperFreakonomics Contest: Underappreciated Complements?

Iced tea and lemonade are hardly perfect complements — they can each be happily consumed individually — but more and more I see them being served together. I have always known this combo as an “Arnold Palmer”; increasingly, however, as in this ad at the New York chain drugstore Duane Reade, it is known simply as “half-iced tea, half-lemonade.”

I like an Arnold Palmer just fine, but to my taste the best combo drink of all time is a cranberry juice and Fresca. What? You’ve never tried it?! Thank me later.

This has gotten me thinking about other wonderful complements in life. Surely many of them are in the realm of food and drink. But there’s also driving a convertible in cold weather with the heat on, e.g.

What are some of your favorite — especially underappreciated — complements? Tell us in the comments section and we’ll take five of the best and vote for the favorite. Winner gets a free copy of new SuperFreakonomics paperback.


Ken

Mint chocolate chip ice cream and pineapple topping!

Rick

Someone's gotta say it. Reading and Sitting on the Toilet.

Meoip

Democrats and Republicans. Apart they are destructive together they are... well... neutralizing.

Ridzie

Pizza and Coke. The Coke actually helps break down the cheese. And who isn't looking for an excuse to have a Coke? (Or I imagine other colas have the same effect but why bother?)

ThatMattGuy

"I imagine other colas have the same effect but why bother?"
Because root beer is the only thing that should be drank with pizza, besides real beer.

Lisafer

Craft beer and orange juice - beermosa!

Drew

Mac & Cheese with Ketchup.

JB

I have to agree. As a kid I would only eat Mac & Cheese with ketchup. People would always think it was so strange, but I never really saw the problem with putting cheese and tomatoes together

Dai

Olsen twins.

Amanda

Having a window in your workspace/office. You don't appreciate it until you don't have it.

Chuck

Macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and hot dogs mixed together. An accidental invention from my childhood, I still eat macabeanieweenie.

Al

Macaroni & cheese and baked beans make an awesome combination!

Moserboat

Avocado and ketchup. Don't knock it til you try it.

Amy

Peanut butter and nutella!

Pearl

Nutella and anything, rather.

matt

5pm on a Friday Afternoon and three day weekends

Dylan Tredrea

fluffernutter (spelling?): Peanut Butter (Jif) with marshmallow fluff on the freshest wonder-bread you can find.

America, **** yeah

Jake

Orange juice with popcorn.

Jason Monsman

pastrami on a hamburger... the "fat doug" at chef michael symon's b-spot in cleveland, oh

Ryan

Mint chocolate chip icecream... AFTER brushing with mint toothpaste.

Joe in Jersey

Hamburger with cream cheese.

DMCj

Late-night drives and baseball on the radio.

Joe in Jersey

Pizza w/ blue cheese dressing (or ranch)

Caitlin

Coke and wine

Jaime

This is actually an EXTREMELY popular drink in Spain called Calimocho (or Calimotxo) dare you to find a single spaniard that has not ever tried it.

Joe in Jersey

I thought Gaseosa with Wine was more common. Gaseosa is just a basic carbonated drink that is sweetened, no other flavors are added. Think Seven-Up or Sprite without the lemon/lime flavoring.

Jasmine

Apple and peanut butter! Love it!

ThatMattGuy

I have that for breakfast every weekday. Eating the numminess makes mornings not so bad.