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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

Homemade nectar for your backyard hummingbirds.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Home and Garden
Servings: 4 cups


  • 1 cup granulated white sugar Do not use brown sugar or honey
  • 4 cups water


  • Pour the sugar and water in a pot on the stovetop.
  • Dissolve mixture over medium heat. Stir while heating. (Do NOT bring to a boil.)
  • Once sugar has dissolved, remove pot from heat.
  • Let nectar cool to room temperature.
  • Pour prepared nectar in hummingbird feeder and enjoy watching your happy hummingbirds!


You can double the recipe and store the extra nectar in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks. Just bring the nectar to room temperature before putting the food out for the hummingbirds.