Watching hummingbirds flit from flower to flower in my garden is one of the simple joys in life, and I’m always trying to find ways to invite more of them into my yard.

Homemade hummingbird food (hummingbird nectar) is inexpensive and so simple to make, and it’s infinitely better than store-bought hummingbird food that’s filled with artificial dyes and preservatives.

My recipe for hummingbird food is super simple and closely mimics natural flower nectar.

What you’ll need

– 1 cup plain white sugar – 4 cups hot water – Large spoon – Mixing bowl (preferably with a      pouring spout/lip) – Funnel (optional) – Hummingbird feeder


Stir the sugar and hot water in your mixing bowl until the sugar is dissolved. (What you end up with is a light simple syrup.)


Let the syrup cool down to lukewarm or room temperature.


As soon as the syrup has cooled, carefully pour it into your hummingbird feeder of choice (using a funnel if needed). Store any unused syrup in a lidded container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

You can make this recipe as often as needed. Just be sure to wash the feeder thoroughly before your next batch.

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