Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 10 mins

This is my little hummingbird friend's favorite nectar. I know some people don't add the coloring, but my little hummer refuses to drink unless it is red. If you have a less picky humminbird then you don't need to bother with the coloring. I have heard conflicting informations from "experts" regarding the use of food color. If your hummingbird doesn't object...leave it out...mine does object and hasn't had problems so I use it. Luckily I live in Florida and can enjoy seeing hummingbirds all year long! :o)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 3 -5 drops red food coloring (optional)


  1. Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Allow sugar to dissolve and remove from heat.
  3. Let the nectar cool and then pour into your feeder.
  4. Store remaining nectar in the refrigerator.
Most Helpful

5 5

Easy to make, must be tasty cuz my birdies are fighting over it! My hummingbirds thank you for supper!

5 5

I love this easy recipe! I boil the water first, then add the sugar and let it cool. Luckily, I don't need to add the food coloring. Thanks for a great recipe to share with our feathered friends!

5 5

So easy to make and keeps the hummingbirds coming back for more! So much better than buying the powder or liquid! Thanks for posting this recipe, it is used weekly at our place! :)