Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

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Attract hummingbirds and make your own nectar at home. Buying ready-to-use hummingbird nectar from the store may be convenient, yet making your own nectar from scratch is easy. 

Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

Homemade hummingbird nectar contains only two ingredients: sugar and water. This simple recipe has proven itself time and again to attract hummingbirds, without any additives. The final result produces clear nectar — and there’s no need for red dye or any other ingredients.

Hummingbird Nectar is based on a 4:1 ratio. When filling your small dish feeder, use 1 cup of water with 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar. For larger feeders, increase the amount. Here’s the original recipe for clear hummingbird nectar. 

How to Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar


  • 1 part Sugar, also known as granulated sugar or table sugar
  • 4 parts Water, boiling


Boil water on the stovetop. Remove from heat. Stir in one part sugar until fully dissolved. Let come to room temperature or place in the refrigerator until cool. Then add the nectar to your clean hummingbird feeder. Store any remaining nectar in your refrigerator for up to a week.  

Adapt this recipe to make as much or as little nectar as you need to fill your feeder. There are no special tools or equipment needed.

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