Bring water to boil in large saucepan. Stir in salt and grits, stirring until it comes to a boil. Turn heat to low, cook very gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Be sure to stir across the bottom of the pot to keep from sticking.
Remove from heat and allow to stand for about a half hour or until the grits are tender. Stir in milk and sugar.
OPTIONAL: For a more deluxe version, use cream in place of milk and add spices to taste such as cinnamon,nutmeg, mace, cloves or ginger. You can also add in 1/2 cup of currants or raisins.