Orioles Can’t Resist This Oriole Nectar Recipe

Updated: Apr. 19, 2022

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.