Start by placing your martini glass in the refrigerator – you will need to make sure the glass is chilled and frosted before you pour in the cocktail and serve it.
While the glass is cooling, take a cocktail shaker and fill half of it with ice cubes or cracked ice – while both types of ice will be effective in cooling the drink, the cracked ice will lend it a slightly watery taste.
Once the ice is in, proceed to pour the 2 ounces of vodka, 1 teaspoon of Cointreau, 1 teaspoon of apricot liqueur, and 1 ounce of fresh lime juice into the cocktail shaker. Finally, add in 2 dashes of bitters – this is more of a modern addition, and was not present in the original drink. The bitters give the drink a slightly pink tinge, which a character like Mike Romanoff would probably not have approved of.
Now that everything is in, cover the cocktail shaker tightly, and shake it for few seconds until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Your Mike Romanoff Cocktail is now ready – pour it into the chilled martini glass, and serve immediately.