How to Make It
Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high, cooking until the sugar has dissolved. Boil without stirring for about 10 minutes, until it reaches the soft-ball stage (234° to 240°F on a candy thermometer), when a drop forms a soft ball in a cup of cold water. Stir in the mint, and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes more. Remove from the heat, and let cool.
Pour the mint syrup into a blender, and puree. Strain into a large bowl. Stir in the corn syrup.
Rinse the blender, add the pineapple and pineapple juice, and puree. Add the pineapple puree to the mint syrup mixture along with the milk, cream, crème de menthe, and lemon juice.
Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. (In a pinch, I put it in the freezer for an hour.) Transfer the chilled mixture to an ice-cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
Scrape the ice cream into a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer until ready to serve. When ready to serve, scoop into dessert bowls or cups, and garnish with shortbread cookies.
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