So, as a follow-on to my previous post, I mentioned to a couple of co-workers that I had picked up a bottle of absinthe. I mentioned that Mrs. Drang wanted it because the bottle was pretty, but I was drinking it. The reaction was adverse. One co-worker had a bottle, they had sampled it, and said "That $4!7 tastes like @5$!"
It's all a matter of taste, of course, but...
You're not supposed to slam it in shots!
Sheesh. Look, the "dribbling ice water over sugar cubes resting on a perforated spoon" thing may be too elaborate for you--and if you're inclined to hammer shots of stuff like absinthe, the Bohemian method, which involves open flame, is probably contra-indicated--but there are also cocktail recipes.
Or stick to light--or "lite"--beer.