1/2of a vanilla bean, seeds scraped(Use just the seeds)
1tablespoonTriple Sec, Cointreau or other orange liqueur
For the cocktail:
First, make the cranberry puree. Combine all puree ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow to cook over medium heat until cranberries begin to burst open and take on a somewhat gelatinous quality. Puree cranberry mixture in a blender or with an immersion blender. Set aside to let cool.
Once cranberry puree is cooled down, you can make the cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, combine about 1 cup of ice, cranberry puree and vodka. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, then pour into copper mug (ice and all.) Top with ginger beer.
The cranberry puree recipe will make enough for about two cocktails.