Travel to the north end of the island and you'll find Hawk and Suzy Pingree concocting a potent brew in their barn. The retired journalism professors moved here from Wisconsin seven years ago and met professional cider maker Richard Anderson, who taught them how to make apple cider (sourced from their apple orchard). Now they also use their skills to make gin and brandy at the San Juan Islands Distillery. Sample the Apple Eau de Vie and the lavender gin, the latter a crisp, liquid jolt of the aromatic herb you'll also find at Steven Robins' shop. 12 Anderson Lane, 360/378-2606; sanjuanislanddistillery.com.