Orioles Can’t Resist This Oriole Nectar Recipe

This oriole nectar recipe combines several of orioles' favorite foods such as oranges and grape jelly. Try it in your backyard oriole feeders.

baltimore oriole nectar recipeCourtesy Nina Hilton
A male Baltimore oriole eating at a feeding station

Patricia Radder of Westfield, New York, shared this oriole nectar recipe with Birds & Blooms. “A local bird supply store was handing out this recipe for a homemade special oriole nectar. It was an instant favorite when the Baltimore orioles returned to our feeders in spring,” she says.

Want to see more orioles in your backyard? Give this recipe a try!

Oriole Nectar Recipe


  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • juice from half an orange

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature and use immediately or store in the refrigerator for future use.

This oriole nectar recipe combines some of orioles’ favorite foods and is sure to be a hit at your oriole feeders. As a bonus, you may also attract other birds like tanagers. Learn what birds like to eat oranges.

Psst—you can also fill your oriole feeders with sugar water just as you would for hummingbirds. Mix one part sugar to four parts water.

Next, get more tips to attract orioles to your backyard and learn the 8 types of orioles to look for in North America.

Lori Vanover
Lori has 20 years of experience writing and editing home, garden, birding and lifestyle content for several publishers. As Birds & Blooms senior digital editor, she leads a team of writers and editors sharing birding tips and expert gardening advice. Since joining Trusted Media Brands 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing magazines and books, curating special interest publications, managing social media accounts, creating digital content and newsletters, and working with the Field Editors—Birds & Blooms network of more than 50 backyard birders. Passionate about animals and nature, Lori has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Communications from the University of Illinois. In 2023, she became certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, and she is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and sits on the organization's Publications Advisory Committee. She frequently checks on her bird feeders while working from home and tests new varieties of perennials, herbs and vegetable plants in her ever-growing backyard gardens.