1. Place all ingredients, except the figs into a saucepan large enough to hold the figs.
2. Bring the mixture to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Place the figs upright into the saucepan and poach for 5–6 minutes.
4. Lift the figs out and place the figs in a bowl and reduce the poaching liquid by a ¼ and pour it over the figs.
5. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.