Summer all-year-round at Jack’s Lemonade, SM Megamall

Summertime in movies is synonymous with fresh lemonade enjoyed beside sparkling swimming pools, freshly mowed lawns or in picturesque patios.

An icy glass of lemonade has that refreshing quality: it quenches our thirst and cools our tempers so we can savor the hot days of summer.

  • Well, except for some occasional bouts of rain, it’s summertime all-year-round in Metro Manila.
  • And you know what this means: we have all year to enjoy lemonade!
  • If you think that we will grow tired of drinking the same old lemonade, day in and day out, think again.
  • Jack’s Lemonade offers a collection of drinks made from freshly squeezed lemon juice, and additional ingredients that make each drink a uniquely tasty treat.
  • These drinks are grouped according to a family of flavor profiles personified in Jack’s Lemonade characters:

    • For Jack: the basic lemonades and the Jack’s Specials
    • For Dad John: the tea lemonades
    • For Mom Jenny: the herb lemonades
    • For Sister Julia: the fruit lemonades
    • For Baby James: the candy lemonades
  • For my bit of refreshment one sunny weekend, I dropped by the newly opened Jack’s Lemonade kiosk at SM Megamall and got myself a Lemon Cheesecake (Php95 regular | Php115 large).
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice is blended together with ice, condensed milk and powdered milk, then finished off with a few sprinkles of plum salt.

    Jack’s Lemonade

    Jack’s Lemonade

    Jack’s Lemonade

    It’s a decadent dessert and a refreshing drink in one!

    It also has the health benefits of lemon-based drinks which include supporting heart health, helping in weight control, preventing kidney stones, protecting against anemia, and improving digestive health.

    So enjoy the taste of summer, no matter what time of the year it is, by getting yourself a tasty drink at Jack’s Lemonade!

    Jack’s Lemonade

    This Jack’s Lemonade stall is located at Fifth Floor, Bridgeway, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.

    Other stalls may be found at:

    • Ground Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
    • Cinema Area, Third Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Food Choices, Fourth Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz, Dela Paz, Pasig City
    • Food Forum, Lower Ground Level, Shangri-la Plaza, Ortigas Mandaluyong City
    • Third Floor, Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
    • Fourth Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
      Second Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

    Disclosure: This drink is sponsored by Jack’s Lemonade through gift certificates I received prior to the visit.

    Jack's Lemonade Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Check out my previous lemon-y experiences at Jack’s Lemonade:

    Dessert drink at Jack’s Lemonade, Shangri-la Plaza

    Last Monday was a surprisingly sunny day so I decided to window-shop at Shangri-la Plaza. All that walking sure worked up a thirst, though.

    Thankfully, there’s a Jack’s Lemonade stall at the mall’s food court, offering more than thirty flavors of lemonade.

    Jack’s Lemonade, Shangri-la Plaza

    You wouldn’t think its possible to stretch the flavor possibilities of lemonade that far, but Jack’s Lemonade more than proves the versatility of the drink and its wide appeal.

    Jack’s Lemonade offerings are grouped according to a family of flavor profiles:

    • For Jack: the basic lemonades and the Jack’s Specials
    • For Dad John: the tea lemonades
    • For Mom Jenny: the herb lemonades
    • For Sister Julia: the fruit lemonades
    • For Baby James: the candy lemonades

    To these drinks may be added plum salt, honey, yogurt, basil seeds, coconut jelly, poppers and pudding.

    For my drink that afternoon, I chose one of Jack’s Specials: the Lemon Squares (Php95 for regular | Php115 for large). It combines freshly made lemon water with powdered milk, condensed milk, grated cheddar cheese and a topping of crushed graham crackers which makes this a yummy dessert-like beverage.

    Jack’s Lemonade, Shangri-la Plaza

    Jack’s Lemonade, Shangri-la Plaza

    It also has the health benefits of lemon-based drinks which include supporting heart health, helping in weight control, preventing kidney stones, protecting against anemia, and improving digestive health.

    Jack’s Lemonade, Shangri-la Plaza

    Jack’s Lemonade, Shangri-la Plaza

    So if you should feel the thirst while shopping, look for a Jack’s Lemonade stall. Here, you can find a lemony drink that suits your craving while enjoying lemon’s health benefits.

    Jack’s Lemonade, Shangri-la Plaza

    This Jack’s Lemonade stall is located at Food Forum, Lower Ground Level, Shangri-la Plaza, Ortigas Mandaluyong City.

    Other stalls may be found at:

    • Ground Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
    • Cinema Area, Third Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Food Choices, Fourth Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz, Dela Paz, Pasig City
    • Fifth Floor, Bridgeway, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
    • Third Floor, Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
    • Fourth Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
      Second Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

    Disclosure: This drink is sponsored by Jack’s Lemonade through gift certificates I received prior to the visit.

    Jack's Lemonade Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Check out my previous lemon-y experiences at Jack’s Lemonade:

    Take a sip of summer at Jack’s Lemonade, Ayala Malls Feliz

    If the sweltering heat outside is any indication, then we are all caught in the claws of midsummer.

    That’s no reason to let your body (and your temper) overheat, however.

    Oh, what to do?

    Cool your body and your spirit with the refreshing and invigorating drinks from Jack’s Lemonade. Fortunately, there’s a stall nearby at Ayala Malls Feliz which features the store’s newest Rose Blossom flavors which are based on rose tea.

    Jack’s Lemonade, Ayala Feliz

    Jack’s Lemonade, Ayala Feliz

    Jack’s Lemonade, Ayala Feliz

    Rose tea is brewed from dried whole rose blossoms or rose petals. This tea variant has Middle Eastern origins but has grown in popularity in many parts of the world. Its known health benefits include its use as a treatment for menstrual discomfort and sleep disorders, improving mood, digestion and respiration, as well as bolstering the immune system.

    Add it to the freshly squeezed lemon juice at Jack’s Lemonade and you’ve got yourself a tasty and healthy drink!

    I got myself a nice big cup of Creamy Rose Lemonade (Php150), whipped up by adding rose tea and lemon juice to condensed milk and powdered milk in a blender then pouring the mixture into ice with some fruit-flavored poppers. There are bursts of tangy fruitiness and rich sweetness in every refreshing sip!

    Jack’s Lemonade, Ayala Feliz

    Jack’s Lemonade, Ayala Feliz

    So cool your jets and take time off for a well-deserved lemonade break by checking out your nearest Jack’s Lemonade branch.

    This Jack’s Lemonade stall is located at Food Choices, Fourth Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz, Dela Paz, Pasig City.

    Other branches may be found at:

    • Ground Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
    • Cinema Area, Third Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Level 6, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
    • Third Floor, Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
    • Fourth Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
      Second Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

    Disclosure: This drink is sponsored by Jack’s Lemonade through gift certificates I received prior to the visit.

    Jack's Lemonade Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Check out my previous posts about Jack’s Lemonade and its sister store Jelly G Milk Tea:

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    Refreshing lemon drinks at Jack’s Lemonade, UP Town Center

    It’s actually an iconic image of summer: amidst the sweltering heat, you quench your thirst with an ice-cold glass of lemonade.

    Aside from being a refreshing drink, lemonade is actually quite a good source of vitamin C. It aids in detoxification, skin care, hydration and weight loss, quite a lot of health benefits for such a basic drink.

    But did you know that if you’re at Jack’s Lemonade, a lemonade is not just a lemonade?

    With thirty lemonade variants available under an entire family of flavors, your refreshing cup becomes so much more than a basic lemon-flavored sweetened water.  Together with other food bloggers of #SaanSaPH, I was invited to a foodie meetup at the UP Town Center branch of Jack’s Lemonade where owner Jolly dela Pena assisted us in exploring various options of lemonade’s tastes and textures. This just confirmed that Jack’s Lemonade is anything but basic.

    Jack’s Lemonade, UP Town Center

    Take the Basil Rich Tamarind (Php95 | Php115) for example.  Incorporating both fresh basil leaves tamarind puree into the drink resulted to an herby yet thirst-quenching drink.  Tamarind also helps in digestion, boosting the immune system, managing diabetes, improving nerve function and blood circulation, as well as in relieving gout and joint pain.

    Jack’s Lemonade, UP Town Center

    The Strawberry Mint (Php95 | Php115), on the other hand, adds the cool and fresh mouthfeel of fresh mint leaves and the fruity sweetness of strawberry puree to the lemonade.

    Jack’s Lemonade, UP Town Center

    For dessert-lovers out there, the Lemon Cheesecake (Php95 | Ph115) which combines lemonade with powdered milk, condensed milk, grated cheddar cheese and plum salt has an interesting combination of sweet and salty that complements the lemonade’s citrusy taste.

    Jack’s Lemonade, UP Town Center

    The Lemon Square (Php95 | Php115) further ups the ante when it comes to dessert flavors. Adding crushed graham crackers to the lemonade and milk mixture makes this a decadent delight.

    Jack’s Lemonade, UP Town Center

    Lastly, the Creamy Purple (Php95 | Php115) offers is a purple-tinged drink resulting from the reaction of the blue butterfly pea infusion with the acidic lemonade. Add-on some yogurt poppers for additional bursts of tangy sweetness with every sip.

    All the drinks here use freshly squeezed imported lemons combined with locally sourced fresh fruits and brown sugar, making them extra healthy.

    Jack’s Lemonade, UP Town Center

    Jack’s Lemonade, UP Town Center

    This Jack’s Lemonade branch is located at Cinema Area, Third Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

    Other branches may be found at:

    • Ground Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
    • Food Choices, Fourth Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz, Dela Paz, Pasig City
    • Level 6, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
    • Third Floor, Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
    • Fourth Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    • Second Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

    Jack's Lemonade Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers of #SaanSaPH, I was invited to attend a foodie meetup held here wherein in drink items were served to allow us to sample the fare. These were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

    Holiday brunch get-together at Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    There are some friendships that endure despite great distances and changes in circumstances. Such is my friendship with Fetina, formerly an officemate who has since spread her wings working in Singapore. She usually comes home to the Philippines to visit family two to three times a year, and when she does, we make it a point to meet up at a restaurant in either Greenbelt or Glorietta.

    In our latest meetup after Christmas, we opted for Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen located in Greenbelt. An offshoot of Equatorial Coffee in Katipunan, QC, Bluesmith combines homey yet Instagrammable interiors with comfort food and its sound foundation in coffee, making it an great venue for weekend brunches, friendly get-togethers and, dare I say it, #TitaConferences. (Hahaha!)

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Our get-together repast consisted of:

    Flat White (Php150). This coffee beverage is characterized by the thin layer of microfoam (hence the term “flat” in “flat white) as opposed to the thicker foam layer in traditional cappuccino. I sipped on this while waiting for Fetina to arrive.

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Fresh Lemonade Soda (Php150).  Freshly squeezed lemon juice made into a sweet fizzy drink.

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Tenderloin Beef Salpicao (Php420).  One of Bluesmith’s bestsellers, this dish consists of cubes of beef tenderloin, cooked to medium doneness, and marbled potatoes sauteed in Worcestershire oil and toasted garlic and served mixed vegetables and rice.  I found the beef tender and flavorful but the sauce a bit too sweet for my taste.

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Creamy Pasta Tartufo (Php360).  Another of the resto’s bestselling dishes, this pasta dish is characterized by the earthy aroma of black truffle, mixed with a creamy mushroom sauce and served with baguette chips.

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    The servings were quite large such that we had trouble finishing the two dishes.

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    And since I unlocked my Zomato Gold privilege, we got the Creamy Pasta Tartufo for free!

    Some friendships are nurtured by constant presence and attention but some, like Fetina’s and mine, are maintained by occasional meetups over good food and long conversations.

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen, Greenbelt

    Our thanks to Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen for being our venue for this memorable get-together.

    This Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen branch is located at Level 3, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 11pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 12midnight.  For reservations and inquiries, call +63 917 7053526 or +63 2 7524183.

    Other branches are located at:

    • Second Floor, Corte Area, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City (open Sundays to Thursdays from 9am to 10pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 9am to 11pm; Tel. No: +63 917 7099814 or +63 2 7553092)
    • Ground Floor, MJ Corporate Plaza, 2310 Pasong Tamo Extension, Magallanes, Makati City (open weekdays from 7am to 8pm and weekends from 7am to 5pm; Tel. No: +63 917 7101605 or +63 2 7290284)

    Bluesmith Coffee & Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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