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What the heck do I do with absinthe?

A friend gave me a bottle of real absinthe the other day. There's so much stuff on it, what with the sugar cubes and the special absinthe spoon (which I do not own) and the water being added drop by drop, etc. Is all of this really necessary. It's like I'm afraid this particular drink is already demanding too much of me, and thus far, I haven't even taken it out of the box yet. So do you really have to do all of that? I know, I sound like an idiot.

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