On the other hand, that's not to say that you can't have a romantic dinner. Dim the lights. Put on music. Cook a light, satisfying meal that finishes with a decadent dessert. Then cap things off with fragrant, stimulating sambuca liqueur, with its' full, round, intoxicating star anise flavor. There are lots of distinctive brands on the market, but bang-for-the-buck I like Sambuca Averna -- especially their Liquirizia flavor, which adds a zesty licorice kick to the star anise. Averna likewise makes a basic sambuca, as well as one laced with citrus. The bottles retail for $28.99.
Serve sambuca neat or on the rocks -- adding ice spins the transparent spirit into pearly opalescence, and as it does so you can quote this line from Shakespeare:
"Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy."
I can't emphasize enough how much more effective this will be than a dozen Malpeques.