Saturday, May 21, 2011

Recipe of the Week...Gram's Hummingbird Nectar

As a little girl growing up in the country and living next door to my grandparents, I have fond memories of my grandma making hummingbird nectar to feed the hummingbirds that would flock to her feeders. She, my granddaddy and I would sit outside in metal lawn chairs under one of their huge oak trees and watch the hummingbirds feed and dive-bomb each other in rivalry over the sweet nectar that she would make. (Gosh, I miss my grandparents so much!) Since the temperature here is now warm enough to hang a feeder on my patio, I thought I would share my grandmother's recipe with you for hummingbird nectar:

  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 12 drops red food coloring (optional)
In a large pot bring sugar and water to a rolling boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add red food coloring to mixture if desired. Allow nectar to cool and then pour into hummingbird feeder. Store any leftover nectar in the refrigerator.

Enjoy the day!


  1. I know and love this recipe! We make it often for our feeder, since our hummingbirds stay all winter!
    I even have one that has landed on the feeder while I was bringing it out of the house! He's my pet!

  2. Oh yes, those hummingbirds do dive after each other to race to the sweet nectar! I love watching them! Several years back we had one that flew into our window screen and got stuck!! LOL! Dad went out and gently put his hand around it to pull it loose and the stupid thing flew back in! LMAO! Second time worked though and it was finally free! We even took pics!


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